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COVID-19 halts 9/11 ceremony in Cashmere

By on August 24, 2020 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
A crowd observes the 2019 annual ceremony, including the dedication of the new Phase II granite monuments. The four monuments, including two nearly 11-foot tall Twin Towers, honor all those lost on 9/11 by having their names engraved on the 10 faces of the monuments. In addition to the towers, the remaining monuments include one for Flight 93 in Pennsylvania and the other for Flight 77 at the Pentagon. Photo by Skip Mugass

By Tom Green

The 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial Foundation Board has announced the cancelation of the September 11, 2020 event due to current COVID-19 health requirements. 

Since its dedication in 2015, annual 9/11 ceremonies have been held to enthusiastic and growing crowds. The Memorial has become a regional and state asset. 

Our Memorial Team is constantly heartened by the comments we hear from visitors to the Memorial. 

Most are highly moved, some emotional about the experience and so many ask, “How did this small community create such a significant 9/11 Memorial?” 

That question is always an opening to tell our story of incredible community support during the 2015 construction of the Memorial and again when we built the Phase II addition in 2019. 

The Memorial provides a place for reflection and remembrance. Its purpose is to help those who were most affected by the attacks to heal — and those with no memory of the attacks to understand losses that will forever be incomprehensible. 

Visitors to the Memorial walk away with a sense of hope and inspiration. 

The original construction of the Memorial took place in 2015 and was dedicated on September of that year.  

The primary features of the Memorial were a bronze statue set of four figures representing all those lost on 9/11.  An open position between two of the statues encourages visitors to stand in solidarity with those lost, by holding the hands of the statues.  

Also, a structural piece of steel weighing about 1,100 pounds is mounted on a concrete pedestal.  It was originally part of one of the Twin Towers and it is believed to be from the 60th story level. 

 The final feature of the original Memorial is a piece of limestone, also mounted on the pedestal, which was part of the facade of the Pentagon.  It weighs an estimated 400 pounds.

The attacks of September 11, 2001, changed our world forever, and they brought loss and grief on a scale only known in war. 

But the aftermath of the attacks also revealed stories of heroism and sacrifice that inspired us all. They brought us an even deeper appreciation for, and commitment to, our country’s founding freedoms. And they brought a powerful sense of unity not just to Americans, but also to people around the world. 

The Cashmere 9/11 Memorial stands as a powerful tribute to the victims of the attacks — and to the power of the human spirit. Its importance will grow with each passing year. 

The 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial Foundation Board looks forward to the 2021 ceremony, marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragic event. 

The 9/11 Memorial is located adjacent to the Cashmere Community Center, is free, and open year ‘round. 

Tom Green is chairperson of the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial Foundation Board. He is a former Chelan County Commissioner, former general manager of Link Transit, and retired military veteran. Tom lives in Cashmere and is active in numerous community organizations. 

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