National memorials honor victims of september 11
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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National Memorials Honor Victims of 9/11Although it’s been ten calendar years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the UnitedStates, it seems like only yesterday. Armed with a “never forget” mindset,Americans across the country have designed and created memorials honoring thethousands of victims who lost their lives during the attacks. Currently 700 of thesememorials dot the landscape of the U.S. More are being designed and built daily.Most of the victims came from the states of New York, Connecticut, New Jerseyand Massachusetts. That’s where the majority of the memorials have been puttogether. Some are as far away as North Dakota.These public and private memorials vary as much as the victims did. Each is asunique as the individual victims who shared the misfortune of becoming a grimstatistic. The memorials express outrage, grief, hope, loss and unity. Some honorthe dead, some honor the nation and some inspire those left behind.A popular motif among the memorials is the incorporation of the actual remains ofthe World Trade Center towers. Over 1,100 girders and other pieces have been setaside for that reason.1. The International Peace Garden 9/11 Memorial in Dunseith, N.D., straddles theborder between the United States and Canada. The memorial takes up 20,000square feet of the 2,400 acre site. It’s made from ten World Trade Center girdersarranged inside a Stroll and Contemplative Garden. The memorial was built in twophases in 2002 and 2010. The random design reflects the chaos of the attack.Visitors can walk right up to the girders and touch them if they like. Ten story-boards are on-site with information describing the attacks. Canadian and Americantourists are welcome at The International Peace Garden 9/11 Memorial.2. The memorial in West Springfield, Mass., is named The Eternal Flame. It servesthe memory of Melissa Harrington-Hughes, a native of West Springfield, Mass.,and the other 92 Massachusetts residents who lost their lives during the attacks.The Eternal Flame was dedicated in 2003. It is meant to provide a serene place ofcontemplation for the families of the victims and the public. The torch is atop apedestal, flanked by plaques with poetry.3. “Postcards” is the memorial in Staten Island, N.Y. It has two towering whitewalls representing notes left for loved ones. The memorial is meant to honor all269 of the Staten Island residents who died on 9/11. Every resident has a graniteplaque featuring their silhouette, name, date of birth and place of employment.
Ground Zero is visible in the distance between the wing-shaped walls. Many of thevictims from Staten Island died without a trace, so the memorial also serves as afinal resting place.4. The Avon, Conn., Memorial is a sculpture of Amy Toven, a girl who grew up inthe town. Avon High School was the driving force behind the project that featuresa life-sized bronze sculpture of Amy when she was 5 years old. She is sitting witha book in her lap on a garden bench, clutching a Teddy Bear beneath her right arm.Visitors who sit on the bench with Amy feel compelled to touch the statuesshoulder or head.5. “To Struggle Against World Terrorism” is an immense memorial sculpture inBayonne, N.J. It was designed, built, financed and donated by sculptor ZurabTsereteli and the people of Russia. Weighing 175 tons, the statue features a 40-footstainless-steel tear trapped in the crack within a giant 100-foot bronze tower. Thesculpture represents the destruction of the Twin Towers and the sorrow thatfollowed. It honors the fifteen citizens of Bayonne who perished on 9/11.6. Emmitsburg, Maryland, erected a sculpture called “To Lift a Nation.” It consistsof a trio of firemen who are forty feet tall. The group is raising the flag of theUnited States. Each of the firefighters weighs over 5,000 pounds. The memorial isa sculptor’s take on Thomas E. Franklin’s famous photograph taken on 9/11 atGround Zero. It was donated by sculptor Stan Watts and is dedicated to everyfirefighter lost that day in the attacks.7. Arlington, Virginia, is home to the Pentagon Memorial. The memorial is at theexact spot where the attack on the Pentagon occurred. It is dedicated to the 184victims who died at the site--64 of whom were on the plane. The victims are allrepresented by a lighted steel bench with water flowing under it. At night, thePentagon Memorial glows eerily. It is visible to overhead flights and peopledriving past. It cost $22 million.8. Brooklyn, N.Y., has a memorial named “The Beacon.” The 25-foot statue isshaped like the speaking trumpets used by firefighters in the 18th century to alertcitizens to a fire. It took three years to erect it at Veteran’s Pier. The trumpet wasbuilt with the mouthpiece up and the bell on the ground. Every evening, a lightshines out of the mouthpiece into the heavens.9. The Osprey Memorial entitled “Morning Call” is situated next to a sleepy harborin Greensport, N.Y. Three steel beam remnants from the World Trade Center are
jutting out of the sea. An osprey is landing on the top of the beams with wingsoutstretched and mouth agape. The statue is meant to symbolize rebirth and hopefor the future. It sits on the very spot where sunlight first strikes New York state inthe morning.10. Retired University of Georgia professor Bob Hart built his 9/11 MemorialGarden and Trail on his own 18-acre property. The public trail is marked with 100poles bearing the names of all the victims. To emphasize the individuality of thosekilled, the names are arranged in no particular order. The nearly 3,000 names arelisted in an index box at the start of the trail so a visitor can locate the pole bearingthe name of a loved one. Hart spent between $5,000 and $7,000 dollars on thememorial. He has held services at the garden in 2002 and 2006 with 250 and 400people attending respectively. He also held a 45-minute service in 2011 for theTenth Anniversary of 9/11.