Camden County Victims of September 11 Memorial - Pennsauken, NJ
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N 39° 55.560 W 075° 04.685
18S E 493327 N 4419546
Quick Description: This memorial is dedicated to the victims of terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The memorial is an open air sculpture with various plaques and a single tree in the center. It is impressive and a fitting tribute to that horrible day.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 3:46:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM5B3Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
John Giannotti’s seven-pillar circular “Victims of Terrorism Memorial,” was dedicated on September 11 2002 at Cooper River Parkway in Pennsauken. Commissioned by the Camden County Freeholders, it is a memorial to victims of terrorist attacks.

It also acknowledges other acts of terrorism including:
April 18, 1983 - US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon
October 23, 1983 - US Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon
December 21, 1988 - Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland
February 26, 1993 - World Trade Center, New York
April 19, 1995 - Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
August 7, 1998 - US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
October 12, 2000 - USS Cole in Gulf of Yemen
September 11, 2001 - WTC, Pentagon and Shanksville, PA

It lies along the banks of the Cooper River with a few dozen or so other memorials and tributes to various wars, pictures and events. Cooper River Park (346.55 acres) runs through Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Haddon Township. The park is bounded by North and South Park Drives, Route 130 and Grove Street. The address is 7000 N Park Dr.

The memorial is very hard to describe. It is a an open-air circular, concrete structure with evenly spaced, rectangular opening, like empty doorways for access from every angle imaginable. I took a lot of pictures to give it the full description it deserves.

The following websites offer more information and pictures:
1. (visit link)
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4. (visit link)

About the author:
"John Giannotti, an award winning New Jersey painter and sculptor, served in the art department at Rutgers University for thirty-three years. His detailed realistic works are displayed all over the state but have also been exhibited in Italy, Australia, Japan, Venezuela, and Switzerland. Giannotti's public art can be observed at Rutgers University, Cooper Hospital, Harleigh Cemetery, the New Jersey State Aquarium, the Camden waterfront, various Camden County parks, and the Lakeland Fire Training Center in Blackwood. The artist designed several unique New Jersey playgrounds in Camden, Willingboro, Mount Holly, and Atlantic City. Giannotti is perhaps most acclaimed for his monumental bronze sculptures, including a 15-foot statue of New Jersey's state dinosaur [waymarked by yours truly], the Hadrosaurus Foulkii, located in Haddonfield, his home town."
Source: (visit link)
Date of Dedication: 09/11/2002

Name of organization that built the memorial: John Giannotti (He is not an organization, he is an individual)

Private or Public Monument?: Government

Text on the memorial:
There is a ton of text, I have included only the relevant text:

September 11, 2001
As the world watched in disbelief the attacks at the World Trade Center, terrorists hijacked two additional aircraft.

American Airlines flight 77 was flown by hijackers to Washington, DC, where it demolished a section of the Pentagon, resulting in the loss of 191 lives, including the 64 passengers and crew on board.

The second airliner, United Airlines flight 93, was directed toward the US Capital in Washington, DC, but was forced down in a field near Shanksville, PA by the heroic acts of passengers on board. All 45 passengers and crew were lost in the crash.

The other relevant plaque (to this specific category) reads:

September 11, 2001
The tragic events of 9/11/01 began as two hijacked airliners, American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175, were used as weapons of mass destruction, were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost including more than 300 rescue workers and these residents of Camden County and southern New Jersey:

Danielle Kousoulis, Haddon Township
Frank DeMartini, Haddon Heights
Perry Thompson, Williamstown
Leroy Homer, Marlton
Joan Donna Griffith, Willingboro
John Rodak, Mantua
Nicholas Brandemarti, West Deptford
Nicholas Bogdan, Pemberton Township
Gricelda James, Willingboro


Physical address of memorial:
7000 North Park Drive
Cooper River Park
Pennsauken, NJ USA
08110


Website for more information: [Web Link]

Additional coordinates: Not Listed

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