Honoring Our Heroes: Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Gardenby Tanaz Akhlaghi on June 27, 2011
I haven’t encountered a single person who hasn’t been affected in one way or another by the events that took place on September 11, 2001. The images are permanently ingrained in our minds and the stories of lost loved ones are heartbreaking and endless. But throughout the past ten years we’ve learned to move forward with life and we’ve honored those who lost their lives trying to protect ours.
Members of our community including City staff, elected officials, police officers and firefighters have all come together to create a beautiful memorial setting to honor our heroes. The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden will be dedicated to those who were lost and men and women who continue to devote their lives to keep us safe and secure.
The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Committee is a volunteer group established to oversee the day to day operations of the project. Here are some things to know about the project:
- A steel artifact obtained from Ground Zero will be on display. It once served to support the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center. It is 196”L x 66”W x 51”H and weighs approximately 1,800 pounds.
- A walking path will run through the Garden and benches will be placed for visitors who wish to spend some time and pay their respects.
- To honor those who lost their lives, Twin Tower replicas, the Pentagon and the field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania will all be represented at the Garden.
- No City funds have been used to create or construct the site.
The garden will be located on the Fire Department grounds at 445 North Rexford Drive on the North West corner of Rexford and Santa Monica Boulevard. The community will gather in front of the Fire Department on September 11, 2011 for the unveiling of the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Do you think it’s important for Beverly Hills to have this Memorial Garden? Will you be there on September 11 for the unveiling? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. I always enjoy hearing from you!