Hoboken residents lost on 9/11 and community's response to crisis.
James Kenneth Samuel Jr. "Jim"
According to Director of Environmental Services Casssandra Wilday, "The Memorial Tree Grove will fill an important need in the Hoboken community by providing surviving familiy members of deceased Hoboken residents with a special place to meditate and remember their lost loved ones. In fact, in the months following 9-11, several family members contacted the city requesting permission to plant a tree in memory of lost loved ones." Reason site was selected: Pier A Park is directly on the waterfront just one mile from the WTC. On September 11, thousands gathered on the Pier to witness the events, and an impromptu memorial emerged there with flowers, flags, poems, and so on, and it remained for months afterwards. Wilday further notes, "because of the special meaning that Pier A Park has come to represent as a result of 9-11, the City of Hoboken is [creating] the Hoboken September 11th Memorial Tree Grove within the park." Events planned for site: There will be a public groundbreaking on September 11, 2002, and the tree grove will be completed by December 31, 2002. Volunteers will be utilized to help plant the trees, and many community members will be in attendance. The waterfront park is heavily trafficked with pedestrians and bikers, is located near many city agencies, and should be well viewed and used.