New York City saw people celebrating in Times Square last night following news of the death of Osama bin Laden, but locally at Eagle Rock Sept. 11 Memorial in West Orange, people have come out today to quietly pay their respects to the victims of 9/11. The mood at the memorial was not celebratory, just as Bin Laden’s death, almost 10 years after the tragic events of 9/11, won’t ease the pain for those who have lost family and friends.
Flags at the Glen Ridge 9/11 memorial and flag bunting on this Glen Ridge home is one sign that today feels different, and that different people experience the news of Bin Laden’s death differently. And on our Flickr site, this car sports Mission Accomplished: Thanks Obama.
Today also brings renewed concern about safety. NJ Transit Police has sent out a notice, alerting riders to a heightened state of vigilance across the system, and adding that while customers may notice an increased state, local and NJ TRANSIT police presence in and around key locations, there is no specific or credible threat against the NJ TRANSIT system at this time.
Jersey lawmakers are reacting with statements on Bin Laden’s death, including Essex County Sheriff Armando Fountoura who says his first reaction was “may he burn in hell for eternity.” He’s not alone — the New York Daily News put “Rot in Hell” on its front page; over on Huffington Post, they’ve got a poll whether the headline goes too far.
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Photo: S.J. Streeter (top), Deb Galant (bottom)