The Glen Rock Assistance Council & Endowment
Who We Are:
G.R.A.C.E. is The Glen Rock Assistance Council and Endowment. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit that was established
by residents in town shortly after September 11, 2001 to provide assistance to family members of those who died
in the terrorist attacks. Through the efforts of G.R.A.C.E., a memorial was erected in Veterans' Park to honor
the lives lost that tragic day. The Tribute Run/Walk began in 2003 as yet another way to remember our deceased
loved ones. Net proceeds of the event benefit the G.R.A.C.E. fund and are used to maintain the memorial. When funds allow, a
yearly scholarship is awarded to a Glen Rock High School senior in memory of Glen Rock's eleven victims.
Symbols Contained in our Memorial:
- The two towers of black granite stand on an earth-tone base of granite, as the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood on the bedrock base of New York City.
- The two towers of stone stand 110 inches tall and the radius of the circle made by the floor is 110 inches, both to remind us of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center buildings.
- The i-beam of steel behind these towers is from the north tower of the twin towers and was a gift to Glen Rock from the City of New York because of the magnitude of our loss, its rough and torn face reminding us of the magnitude of the violence of that day. The steel is hidden from view from the street because our sorrow was so great that we could not bear to have it exposed like an exhibit.
- The steel is buried in ashes taken from "ground zero" to act as symbol of burial for all those who could not be found and buried by their loved ones.
- The four rectangular blocks of granite stand aligned with the four compass points, to inspire us to never lose our way, even in dark times.
- The eleven names etched in the stone of the memorial are to remind us of those who did not return that day.
Our memorial stands in memory of:
Paul Andrew Acquaviva
Anthony Dionisio, Jr.
Timothy J. Finnerty
Joseph Francis Holland III
David Robert Meyer
Daniel M. Van Laere