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Pausing to Remember Restonians on 9/11

by Karen Goff September 11, 2014 at 9:30 am 3 Comments

Freedom Grove marker at Brown's Chapel Park/file photoFlags in Virginia, as well as D.C. and Maryland, will fly at half staff today at the nation remembers Sept. 11, 2001.

It has been 13 years since the terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people in New York City, at the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania, where an passengers brought down a hijacked airliner headed back to Washington.

Area commemorations began early this morning, with the unfurling of an American flag down the side of the Pentagon. The tradition began when firefighters did the same from the building’s roof on Sept. 12, 2001. The draped flag on the damaged building became a sign of America’s resolve.

There is not a formal remembrance here in Reston, but the Freedom Grove at Brown’s Chapel Park is always open for reflection.

Two Reston residents, Leonard Taylor and Norma Cruz Kahn, were passengers on American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11.

The Reston community felt there was great need for a public space to remember, respect, and memorialize Taylor, Kahn, and the thousands of other victims of the 9/11 attacks. The Reston Association commissioned the project, and chose artist Kathy Walden Kaplan’s bronze sculptural relief as a marker for the spot.

Kaplan’s 8 x 11 inch sculpture is attached to a boulder at the park. It was dedicated in 2002.

Photo: Freedom Grove marker at Brown’s Chapel Park/file photo

  • Consis Tently-Wright

    Truly a sad moment for those directly affected in this unfortunate event and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.

    I also extend my thoughts and prayers to the 8 million people who die of hunger every year, despite the fact that we grow twice as much food as we really need. Their families also are continuing to struggle and in desperate need of help and – for the most part – largely go unnoticed.

    • Mike M

      Consis, maybe you should start a church and show up at combat casualty funerals and yell and scream about the starving. You are of that ilk. Your equivocation and sophistry is typical of those extremists who want to wag their fingers at everyone else at every attention getting opportunity. I call it narcissistic contrarianism. There is a difference between indiscriminate mass murder of my fellow countrymen with a lingering threat and failed states where people starve. But you know the US tried to intervene in Somalia, for example, and prevent starvation, and we found out that some cultures light their bed on fire before they lay down in it. The US has been built into what it is, and it has done more to ease hunger than any other place in the world. If you’d like to do more than wag your finger at your countrymen on a day of mourning, you can go to Somalia and try to save the world. I’ll help you pack! But you might become the star of the next beheading video. How ironic would that be?

  • Cathie Gorman Freeman

    Where did you get your 8M number? The closest I can find is 2 6M and that’s just children.

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