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Information about the 9/11 Memorials

Boston Logan 9/11 Memorial


The Boston Logan International Airport 9/11 Memorial is a place of reflection and remembrance for all those affected by the events of September 11, 2001. The Airport 9/11 Memorial honors the passengers and crews of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, which departed Logan Airport that morning for Los Angeles. The Memorial also commemorates the dedication to duty of the Logan Airport community in restoring the aviation system to full operation and the contributions its members made toward comforting the families of the passengers and crew who were aboard those flights. The Memorial site is anchored by a large glass sculpture that encases two glass panels etched with the names of the passengers and crew of each flight. The landscape has echoes of New England themes with stone walls and trees that will turn bright yellow each autumn. The Airport 9/11 Memorial dedication was held on September 9, 2008. The Memorial site is open to all 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The National September 11 Memorial:New York


The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. 


The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.


Shanksville Flight 93 Memorial 

"A common field one day. A field of honor forever”


Memorial Plaza at crash site


The Memorial Plaza marks the edge of the crash site, which is the final resting place of the passengers and crew. It consists of various elements including the Wall of Names and is a self-guided experience. Interpretive panels provide an overview of the story and a cell phone/mobile tour provides for more in-depth exploration. There is a parking area and restrooms. Allée and Western Overlook trailheads are located here.


The 40 Memorial Groves, one for each of the passengers and crew, radiate along the Ring Road and Allée from the Visitor Center Complex to the Wetlands Bridge. The Allée, a formal walking path, follows the edge of the grove and connects the Visitor Center Complex and the Memorial Plaza, crossing the wetlands via the Wetlands Bridge.


Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Landscape


Pentagon Memorial


The Pentagon Memorial captures that moment in time at 9:37 a.m. when 184 lives became intertwined for eternity.  Each victim’s age and location at the time of the attack have been permanently inscribed into the Memorial by the unique placement and direction of each of the 184 Memorial Units. Elegant and simple, the Pentagon Memorial serves as a timeline of the victims’ ages, spanning from the youngest victim, three-year-old Dana Falkenberg, who was on board American Airlines Flight 77, to the oldest, John D. Yamnicky, 71, a Navy veteran, also aboard Flight 77 that morning.


The Pentagon Memorial Gateway


The 184 Memorial Units within the Pentagon Memorial are located on the age line according to the year the victim was born.  The age lines, denoted by stainless steel strips that cross the Memorial, begin at the zero line, which spans from the Gateway to the entrance of the Memorial.  Etched into the granite zero line is the date and time of the attack: "SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 9:37 A.M.” Visitors to the Memorial may look up a victim’s name and birth year on the locator stone within the Pentagon Memorial Gateway.  On age lines with multiple victims, the Memorial Units are organized by birth date along that line.


The Memorial Units


Each Memorial Unit is a cantilevered bench, a lighted pool of flowing water, and a permanent tribute, by name, to each victim, in one single element.  Each memorial bench is made of stainless steel and inlaid with smooth granite. Each Memorial Unit contains a pool of water, reflecting light in the evenings onto the bench and surrounding gravel field. Each Memorial Unit is also specifically positioned in the Memorial to distinguish victims who were in the Pentagon from those who were on board American Airlines Flight 77. At the 125 Memorial Units honoring the victims of the Pentagon, visitors see the victim’s name and the Pentagon in the same view. At the Memorial Units honoring the 59 lives lost on Flight 77, the visitor sees the victim’s name and the direction of the plane’s approach in the same view. Victims from the same family are linked by a plaque at the end of the pool of water, which lists their family members who also died in the attack, forever binding the family together.


The Pentagon Memorial Landscape

             

Within the Pentagon Memorial, 85 Crape Myrtles are clustered around the Memorial Units, but are not dedicated to any one victim.  These trees will grow up to 30 feet to provide a canopy of shade over the Memorial for years to come. The Memorial’s stabilized gravel surface is bordered on the western edge by an Age Wall. The Age Wall grows one inch per year in height above the perimeter bench relative to the age lines.  As visitors move through the Memorial, the wall gets higher, growing from three inches (the age of Dana Falkenberg) to 71 inches (the age of John D. Yamnicky). The Age Wall draws the eye to the Memorial for drivers passing by on Washington Boulevard and the adjacent Arlington County Bike Path, while ensuring solitude for visitors.Ornamental grasses mark the boundaries of the Memorial.



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