9/11 plaque

Olan Thomas Park is home to a plaque and trees honoring the victims of the 2001 terrorist attack.

Nestled in a Newark park, a little-known memorial has stood for two decades as a remembrance of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Olan Thomas Park is home to a memorial garden that includes a plaque and three trees: a sugar maple to represent the victims in New York, an American dogwood to represent the victims at the Pentagon and an eastern hemlock, to represent the victims in Pennsylvania.

The Trees of Freedom memorial was dedicated Nov. 29, 2001, during a ceremony that involved city and state officials, military members, Boy Scouts and the Newark High School band.

Olan Thomas Park is located at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Paper Mill Road.

For several years, city officials held a Sept. 11 remembrance event at the park on the anniversary of the attacks. This year’s event, however, will be held on the University of Delaware Green.

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