Sunday, September 13, 2009

Living Tribute to 9-11 Victims

This past Friday was 9-11. I'm sure that many of you reflected on the events of 2001 that day. One of things it has re-affirmed for me is to celebrate life and to focus on the living. The Remember-Me Rose Garden project does that by creating living tributes to those who lost their lives that day. Pictured here is the Patriot Dream rose, one of a collection of 11 new rose varieties commemorating the heroes of that day. It was planted at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus in NW DC at a ceremony attended by educators, city officials, and the press as well as friends and family of loved ones on Flight 77. I have posted a series of photos from the rose planting ceremony at LaSalle here.


  1. Anonymous12:09 AM

    The spelling should be "Patriot Dream", singular... the grove of memorial trees is not new but was actually planted in 2006 in anticipation of the merger of LaSalle Elementary School (current location) with Backus Middle School- the plaque commemorates all the victims of AA Flight 77, especially dedicated to the three DCPS students and the three DCPS teachers from Backus, Leckie, and Ketcham, as well as the two members of the National Geographic Society who were accompanying the group on their way to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California

  2. Thank you, Anon, for stopping by to clarify and correct. I have updated the blog post to include the corrected rose name.


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