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Saturday, November 26, 2005

OPINION From the EDITORIAL BOARD

Thumbs Up

To Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick for securing the funding needed to complete Lower Makefield memorial to the victims of Sept. 11. The fundraising committee had raised $700,000 on its own, about half of what was needed, and intended to go forward with a scaled down version of the memorial. But Fitzpatrick made sure $750,000 for the memorial was included in a budget bill that passed through the House of Representatives on Friday. That’s enough to build the memorial to its original plans complete with panels bearing the names of all 3,000 victims and security lighting. The Senate is expected to pass the bill, and the president is expected to sign it into law in a matter of weeks. “I’m ecstatic that we were able to get the funds for a place that’s not only needed but wanted by our community,” said Ellen Saracini, member of the fundraising committee and widow of one of the United Airlines pilots killed on Sept. 11. Seventeen people from Bucks County were killed on Sept. 11 and they deserve to be remembered within their own community. We’re grateful that Fitzpatrick was there to ensure they got more than watered down tribute.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Comments: I attended the dedication on Saturday with my wife, who was on her way to see a client at WTC that fateful day, but her train was turned
around.

We returned Sunday at dusk to walk the garden and found such peace there. The whole design and execution is stunning and I will be back on a very regular basis to take in the garden's healing powers.

Bless you all for all the work and care that you have taken. I only hope
that we, as a community, will be good stewards of this gift.

On this Yom Kippur Day, blessings.

Jim Sanders

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Comments: I had the privilege of being at the dedication ceremony on Saturday. I'm wondering if you might include on your website a list of the businesses who donated services toward creating the memorial. I'm sure there are many people like me who would go out of their way to patronize caring business people like them.

You did a magnificent job with the dedication - in addition to being such a moving experience, it was so well organized and staffed with so many lovely touches (like the flowers). Congratulations on a wonderful effort.

Joan Ulmer

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Yardley News

Local News October 12, 2006

Exerpt from article by Jeff Werner, Editor

Steve Santarsiero, the chairman of the five member Lower Makefield Township board of supervisors, at their regular meeting October, 2006 responded by commending the Garden of Reflection committee for its hard work during the past four and a half years.

“It’s usually difficult to look at a plan and get a sense of what something is going to look like at the end of the day. That was especially so here because it really is a beautiful memorial.”

Santarsiero said the township is committed to working with the committee on a “going forward basis” to make sure the garden is maintained and secured.

While I know that members of our community understand what an important place it is and respect it, we would be remiss if we would not consider potential vandalism problems. We will be asking the chief to look at that and what measures we can take”

Santarsiero, who was among the many dignitaries who attended the dedication ceremony, called the garden “an appropriate memorial for the most significant event that happened in all of our lives and I thank you for your work. It really is a treasure for this township” he said.

Supervisor Pete Stainthorpe admitted to having doubts along the way as to whether the memorial would indeed happen.  “It’s quite something,” he said. “It’s truly, truly visionary. And to see this now a reality, I have to take my hat off to Liuba and to the committee for making this happen. It’s a real gem for this township.”

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Comments: I love the memorial park I go there everyday by bike

Anna Rocca

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Friday, October 27, 2006

OPINION Letters to Editor

Monumental Insensitivity

When my wife and I visited the Garden of Reflection, we were both moved by the beauty and serenity of this solemn place. However, we were upset and disheartened to see people walking dogs on the grounds of this memorial.

It’s hard to believe that folks are so insensitive to the meaning of this shrine and the lives it commemorates. Unfortunately, a sign may be needed to educate those who seem oblivious to what is proper behavior at a site that means so much too so many.

Jerry Laumakis
Lower Makefield

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Comments: OUR EMPLOYEES ARE ASKED TO PICK A CHARITY OR ORGANIZATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO ONCE A MONTH. MY CHOICE FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER IS THE GARDEN OF REFLECTION. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW TO WHAT USE A DONATION GOES BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GIVE A SHORT REVIEW OF OUR CHARITY AT A SALES MEETING. ANY INFORMATION YOU COULD PROVIDE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN TO THE MEMORIAL MANY TIMES. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL JOB YOU ALL HAVE DONE TO PROVIDE A WARM PLACE FOR AMERICANS TO "REMEMBER". THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE.

CRYSTAL FITZPATRICK

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Monday, April 23, 2007

I went there this weekend and it was absolutely beautiful. I want to go at night and see it sometime as well. (I currently live in Virginia) It was very peaceful and I think it is wonderful what you did. I don't know any one that was killed in this tragic event, but my husband is out there fighting for that reason. Thank you for helping to keep that as a reminder of why my husband and all his fellow men and women are fighting.

It would be great to see some current pictures on here. I told my mom about it and would love to show it off for you! Thanks again! God Bless!

Lynetta Bove

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Comments: My husband took me to see the Garden of Reflection last night, April 23, 2007. Although the sun had already set, it was still beautiful. I stood there for awhile, looking at what could have only been a piece of structure from the towers, listening to the American flag blow behind it in the wind. The trees, lit from below, were angels standing above us.  I lost myself in the moment. It brought me back to that awful day. As I stood there, tears streaming down my face, I was grateful to everyone who was a part of putting this beautiful garden together. The victims of that day are smiling down upon all of you with hearts full of thanks. I can not wait to go back during the day. To sit there. To look. To think. To be. To remember. I too am grateful for such a beautiful place to reflect. I didn’t lose anyone I knew personally that day, but I lost what we all lost – and I was really, deeply affected by that awful tragedy. So thank you again for giving me a place to go and to pay my respects for those lost while also being able to enjoy still being alive. You have given us a beautiful treasure. And I am truly grateful. Thank you,

Renee K

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Comments: I just wanted to let you know we just got back home after visiting the garden. Words can not tell you what it meant to my family and I. You have done an outstanding job.. It was beautiful and amazing. It gave us chills just being there and seeing a jet go by. Thank you for all who had a hand in it.

Chris Nominee

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

OPINION Letters to the Editor

A Place to reflect on 9/11

If you want to find a way to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic attack on America on 9/11, please spend some time walking around the Garden of Reflection memorial to our neighbors who were taken from us that day.

The other day my wife and I stopped to see it for the first time and cannot begin to tell you just how moved we were by the tribute built to the memory of all those who died that day, but specifically to our friends, our family and our neighbors, the 18 from here in Bucks County. The complete serenity of the memorial, located in Lower Makefield, bellies the utter chaos, confusion and destruction of that day in New York City, Washington, DC, and rural Pennsylvania.

It truly captures the pain of that day as well as showing us that we as Americans have the resolve to overcome all threats and triumph over evil. I want to sincerely thank all those involved in bringing this important memorial to life.

There is just something so right about this memorial and you owe it to yourself and those that died that day to spend time there pondering their loss and how great America is and always will be.

Larry Pastor
Middletown

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Comments: I don't know if you will read this or not, but I would like to say on this day of remembrance that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. What happened 6 years ago was a despicable act of cowardice. As a man of honor, courage and patriotic pride, I am with you all in spirit at the services today, sadly I couldn't be there in person but I think the garden of reflection is a masterpiece and honors those that lost their lives in that tragedy perfectly. I just wanted to let you know that it’s not only Americans that feel loss and disgust for the events of that terrible day. I myself am from the UK and I wish there were more sites I could have left a message on. If I may ask, how did everything go on 11th Sept 2007?

Many thanks

Darren Kettle

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

OPINION From the EDITORIAL BOARD

Thumbs Down

To the guy who was seen letting his dog to do its business in the fountain at Lower Makefield’s Garden of Reflection, the memorial to Bucks County’s 911 victims. Prior to that show of disrespect, the man’s children were seen splashing their hands in the fountain.

We understand the irresistible lure water is for children and how tough it is to keep them in line. But there’s no excuse for allowing a pet to desecrate a memorial to the innocent victims who died on that terrible day.

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Photo Credits: Chris Yasinsac ~ Tommy Roche ~ Ellen Saracini ~ Jeff Goldberg ~ Brielle Saracini ~ Michael David ~ Liuba Lashchyk ~ Grace Godshalk ~ Joseph Walker ~ Don George ~ Wendy Brusca ~ Frank Pronesti, Heirloom Studio ~ Courier Times: Jay Crawford, David Planchet, Joe Dixon