9-11 Memorial

Allendale Selects 9-11 Memorial Design

The Committee for the selection of a permanent 9-11 memorial has chosen the winners of the design contest for the memorial.  The winning design(s) is actually a combination of two designs by residents of Allendale.

The focal point of the memorial was submitted by Jason Delabruyere, a resident of Allendale and a sophomore at James Madison University.  Jason's design is a granite piece measuring 5 ft x 4 ft with a bronze American flag draped over on side of the granite and a bronze eagle on the top with an engraved rose at the bottom.

Inscribed on the granite are the words:

Time changes the heart,
but the heart never
forgets the memories within

We Remember

The granite memorial will stand on the site designed by Emily Roshler, a sixth grander at Brookside School.  The granite memorial will be positioned on pavers in the shape of the Pentagon.

Pavers will be engraved to remember those lost or thank the brave rescue workers who risked their lives that fateful day.  A granite bench will sit in front of the memorial, together with two weeping cherry blossom trees.  The site chosen by the Committee will be at the pond in Crestwood Park next to the Red Barn.  Behind the memorial in the pond will be two water spouts to symbolize the World Trade Centers.  Jason and Emily will each receive a $500 award from Fleet Bank.

Allendale picks students' works for 9-11 memorial


ALLENDALE - A bronze eagle perched atop a granite stone will be the focal point of the borough's Sept. 11 memorial.

The design is based on a drawing by Jason de la Bruyere, a college sophomore from the borough who was one of two winners of a townwide design contest. The memorial will be built at the pond next to the Red Barn in Crestwood Park. Officials hope to have it ready this fall, for the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

De La Bruyere's design will be incorporated into a site plan submitted by Emily Rohsler, a sixth- grader at the Brookside Avenue School. Her ideas include pavers in the shape of the Pentagon, two water spouts in the pond to represent the Twin Towers, and a granite bench in front of the memorial.

Emily, 11, worked on the project with her grandfather, Herman Rohsler. "I wanted something peaceful and calm, somewhere where residents can go and relax and maybe talk to friends and family," she said.

Most of the three dozen contest entries came from grade-school students, whose teachers encouraged participation. The drawings were on display last month at the borough library.

"I think the process was fabulous," said Vince Barra, the 9/11 committee chairman. "The entries were awesome, and all [who submitted a plan] should be congratulated."

Barra said De La Bruyere's design was chosen for its striking tone, which he said left many committee members with a sense of solemn pride. The committee announced the winning designs Monday.

"The one word that was used by most people when they looked at it was 'powerful,'" Barra said.

He said Rohsler's design is "perfect for the pond, and we're going to try and be as true to it as we can."

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks, including 147 from Bergen County. One Allendale resident, Donald Delapenha, was killed at the World Trade Center. Delapenha's daughter, Samantha, 10, took part in the design contest.

De La Bruyere's plan also includes an etching of a rose and these words engraved into the stone: "9-11-01 Time Changes the Heart, But the Heart Never Forgets the Memories Within. We Remember." Two weeping cherry trees will also be planted at the memorial.

"They bloom in the spring and in the fall they lose their leaves, weeping and crying for all the heartache," said Beverly de la Bruyere, Jason's mother. Jason, a sophomore at James Madison University in Virginia, was out of the country Tuesday and couldn't be reached for comment.

"He was just touched by Sept. 11 and wanted to share his talent and heart with the community," De La Bruyere said of her son.

Rohsler and Jason De La Bruyere will each receive $500 for their efforts from the local branch of Fleet Bank.

Barra said it's too early to estimate the cost of the memorial, but he said it is likely to top a preliminary figure of $30,000. Construction will be funded by donations, he said.

"We're going out to the public with a general mailing over the next few days," Barra said. He said residents will be able to have messages engraved in the pavers in exchange for donations.

Barra said the committee hopes to receive enough funds to start a Donald Delapenha scholarship that would each year benefit a high school senior who lives in Allendale.

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