9/11 Memorial

Last week, on September 11, a new memorial was dedicated at a park in my hometown. I didn't go to the ceremony, but the boys and I checked it out the following morning. What I love about it is that every single piece of the memorial symbolizes something that happened that day. Two twisted steel beams from the World Trade Center (that have been treated so the public can touch them) are the centerpiece.  

The tiles were created by local kids born in 2001.

This is a 400 pound piece of limestone from the damaged Pentagon.

The granite tiles surrounding the beams contain a timeline of the horrific events of the day.

The diameter of the center ring is the same size as the 767 planes that crashed into the towers.
The large granite tiles represent 2 x 3 x 2 seats in a row on a plane, honoring the passengers that lost their lives.

There's some soil from the crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 went down, but I forgot to snap a picture of it. And there are 30 trees planted around the memorial representing nearly 3,000 lives lost. After we explored the memorial, we played at the park and got lost in thought. It's really nice to have this nearby. I can't wait to go back when the boys are older to really explain what happened. 


Melanie Montgomery said...

What a beautiful memorial. I wish we had one here in Memphis.

Jo said...

Wow, it is a lovely reminder of that terrible day.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

That's really cool! Is there any reason why it was put out by you guys? Not that it doesn't deserve to be! Just curious if there is some extra special significance?

I love that there's so much meaning behind it :)

Gwen said...

Wow, that is very cool. I love that it also incorporates the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field. Very moving.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

What an amazing and thoughtful tribute to all those lost and effected on September 11th. Thank you for sharing.

There is a small memorial outside of the World Trade Center in the inner harbor in Baltimore and it was moving to be there, and read it and touch the stone. I believe it was only parts of the World Trade Building but still, emotional. Thanks again for sharing.