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When September 11th happened, I lived in North Carolina.  It was the first semester in my three year MFA program in poetry, and I was in route to Coastal Carolina Community College. Basically, I adjuncted composition classes aboard Camp Lejeune.  Anyhow, when I rolled into Jacksonville, traffic was backed up at the gates to both Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River.  The gates were sealed, and the gate guards were armed with M-16s and shot guns.    Needless to say, I didn’t have class that day.

Still, it’s interesting though, to think about differing reactions the attacks evoked.  In the south, or at least my section of it, there was sadness and outrage. People openly talked about it, and the reactions could be characterized as “citizens concerned for their country.”  In New Jersey, it’s a little bit different.

9/11 is not really spoken about much up here.  To many, it’s very personal, and it’s very painful.  The simple truth about Jersey is this: the further north you go, the more you’re in the shadow of New York City.  Basically, a LOT of people live in Jersey and commute to NYC.  So, many people know somebody who either died there or at least witnessed the attacks.  Still, it’s interesting that, now and then, there’s an open acknowledgement.    I live in the north end of Brick, and to cross into Monmouth County, you cross over a bridge.  For years, that bridge has been under construction, but it’s nearing an end.  As it turns out, the bridge is a 9/11 memorial, as well:

Right now, there are three of these Tower/Pentagon pillers.   A fourth is currently being cast in concrete:

And on both sides of the bridge, these words have been set, repeating across the entire span:

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  1. Thanks for sharing the photos.


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  1. By Local 9/11 Memorial on 22 Jun 2008 at 10:01 pm

    […] Local 9/11 Memorial 9/11 is not really spoken about much up here. To many, it’s very personal, and it’s very painful. The simple truth about Jersey is this: the further north you go, the more you’re in the shadow of New York City. … […]

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