Members of the GRACE memorial at the site.
Members of the GRACE memorial at the site.
The park is located directly across from the commuter train station.
The park is located directly across from the commuter train station.

G.R.A.C.E Memorial at Veterans Park

Purpose:
The Glen Rock Assistance Council and Endowment was created by the Borough of Glen Rock after September 11 to offer financial, emotional, and comprehensive support to the 11 families of victims from their community. That support ranged from collecting over $100,000 to raking leaves to helping to build additions on homes. Moreover, family members were also given bereavement counseling, as well as holding weekly meetings. Cheryl Rinbrand said that these meetings created "friendships that hold us together." As time passed, this group realized that much of what it could do to help both family members and the community at large was to create a permanent memorial. Jon Cole of GRACE and the Board of Education described the community as a "type A town" in which "everyone wanted to do something." This memorial is that next contribution for GRACE, although they have left their mission statement open enough to encompass potential future catastrophic disasters.

Reason site was selected:
GRACE sought the input of all of the affected familiy members in the community as to what would be the appropriate site for this memorial. While initially the Trustees had thought that the town arboretum would be a logical location, the family members wanted a site that was more public and visible. Veterans Park is located in the heart of Glen Rock, directly across from one of the town's two commuter train stations that link this community to New York City. It is also already a gathering place during parades and other events. Finally, with a "small but dedicated DPW" and a number of parks in the community, it is a site that "could use a makeover," according to DPW head and borough council member Carol Knapp.

Events planned for site:
"The park has already been the site of local remembrances, candelight vigils, and a tribute march," said GRACE member and Borough council member Brad Jordan. Other than formal remembrances on September 11, the rest of the use of the park is intended to be informal and passive. A Forth of July run has been schedule to benefit the maintenance fund for the memorial.

Do you believe your memorial is a sacred place?:
Everyone from GRACE recognized that the word sacred is a very personal thing. For Jon Cole, he felt that the site was sacred because of the debris and steel that were placed on the site. Brad Jordan added that "we do this for the present but also for the future of children," saying that it will grow more sacred over time. Art teacher and designer Debbie Cella added that the site is "set apart from other places in town."

Sponsored by: Glen Rock Assistance Council and Endowment (GRACE); The community of Glen Rock; Borough of Glen Rock; Glen Rock Schools; Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce; Religious Communities of Glen Rock; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 850; American Legion Post 145
Site maintained by: Borough of Glen Rock DPW; GRACE Memorial Site Maintenance Fund; Scouting and youth organizations
Project website contact: www.glenrocknj.net
Project email contact: PISA47@att.net

Address: Rodney and Main St.
City, State, ZIP: Glen Rock, New Jersey  07452
County: Bergen
Dedication: Sep. 11, 2004
Status: Under Construction and permanent
Artwork: No
Public access: yes
Public events: yes
Sq. Foot: 
Acreage: 3 acres
Number & Species of Trees: 11-20: Norway maple, red maple, dogwood, honey locust, saphora, and cedar are existing on the property, and future planting species are being selected.

This project is best described as a: Park
This project is unique because of the: Site Planning Process

Project Sponsors and Participants
Is the community involved?: yes
Project was initiated by: Several different types
Land is owned by: City
Type of participants: Volunteers
Number of people involved: more than 100
Percent of those involved who are volunteers: Everyone
Are people expected to stay involved?: yes

For more information contact : www.glenrocknj.net, PISA47@att.net