Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sept. 11 Memorials Include a Wooded Trail

Whether we knew somebody or not in the September 11 American tragedy, it affected everyone in some way, known or unknown. With the 10th anniversary comes a lot of memorials. We are told in the Bible to rejoice with those who rejoice and to cry with those who mourn. Tomorrow will be an emotional day for so many. May we offer up prayers for those who carry the memories of broken lives and dreams.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been storing the remnants of the twin towers in a hanger at JFK International Airport since 2001. Not long after, the agency started to receive informal inquiries for WTC steel; after the sponsors of the 9/11 Memorial had their pick, the organization decided another meaningful use of the material would be to give it out to the public — on the condition the steel be used for nonprofit purposes and the site be open to the public.

Although the majority of memorials were funded by government or non-profit organizations, some are the work of individuals and small groups of people.

Bob and Nancy Hart built a two-acre memorial trail on their wooded property in Athens, Ga. Their "9/11 Memorial Garden and Trail" features 99 poles hand-painted with all the victims' names that mark a meandering path through the woods. Read the entire article.

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