LAUREN'S GARDEN - 9/11 Memorial

Monday, December 21, 2015

When I was downtown with Evelyn snapping photos at Market Square Park, I noticed something for the first time...Lauren's Garden. I've been to Market Square Park a bunch of times. I've even been to this spot when it used to just be a parking lot BEFORE it was a park, but I've never noticed this memorial.  I typically stay on the other side of the park, but this particular day we walked around to the area behind Niko Niko's and I started taking pictures in front of this statue before I realized it was a memorial to Lauren Catuzzi Grandcola. Lauren passed away on Flight 93 during the 9/11 attacks. Her plane was highjacked and she was one of the 40 passengers that parished when it crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Lauren was from Houston, and the city decided to create a memorial for her, which I thought was amazing. Because it was such a special area I wanted to feature my pictures in Lauren's Garden in their very own blog post.

The three granite walls in the fountain represent each of the 3 crash locations of 9/11: New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, PA. 
Every stone in the fountain represents a life lost: 2,628 small stones for the lives lost at the World Trade Center, 184 larger pebbles for the lives lost at the Pentagon, and 40 large stones for the lives lost on Flight 93.
The twisted branches represent Bristlecone pines, trees that live over 5,000 years.

Lauren loved the outdoors, so it was only fitting that her memorial was outside in nature.

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