9-11 Memorial Remembrance At the Garden of Reflection September 11, 2007
Service Reminds Summer Has Gone By Tony Stephens
The rain was a fine mist, like the spray from the two towering fountains, as local religious leaders offered words of hope as families and visitors gathered for the Garden of Reflection's first 9-11 Memorial service since the dedication of the Garden last autumn.
The service was, to put it humbly, a moving event, as a young girl born on September 11, 2001 stood in front of the procession that filed its way along the garden's path. The morning was interspersed with interfaith prayers, the ringing of a fire bell, the reading of lost loved ones, and time for silence and reflection. The rain seemed to break each time the bell tolled and a voice rang out over the public address system, giving spectators a sense of peace amidst the quiet landscape that sprawled out from the iron sculpture raised from the wreckage of the World Trade Towers.
All those who had labored to make the day's service a success extend their thanks to everyone who came out in the rain. The weather was a reminder that summer has finally passed, although the Garden will remain open throughout the autumn and into winter. As the leaves change, take advantage of the beauty that grows from the Garden, spending an afternoon with family and friends.
Program of Events for Remembrance Ceremony
8:30a.m. - Lowering of Flag to half mast by the Color Guard
8:46a.m. - Toll of Fire Bell and Prayer Reading to mark
American Flight 11 - North Tower Victims
9:03a.m. - Toll of Fire Bell and Prayer Reading to mark
United Flight 175 - South Tower Victims
9:11a.m. - Single toll of Fire Bell honoring all 2,973 Victims
Reading of 18 Names from Bucks County
9:37a.m. - Toll of Fire Bell and Prayer Reading to mark
American Flight 77 - Pentagon Victims
10:03a.m - Toll of Fire Bell and Prayer Reading to mark
United Flight 93 - Shanksville Victims
10:11a.m - Laying of the Memorial Wreath in honor of all
All are invited to the Garden for the ceremony.
The Garden will remain open throughout the day and evening.
For directions visit www.9-11MemorialGarden.org
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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
Garden of Reflection 1950 Woodside Road Yardley, Pennsylvania 19067