As with so many historic events in our nation’s great history, the tragic events that took place in our country on September 11, 2001, make it a day we shall never forget. The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden pays tribute to those whose lives were lost on 9/11 and serves as a constant reminder of the heroism exhibited by fire and law enforcement personnel and first responders that day and on any ongoing basis.
At 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked and crashed a passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11, into the North Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center. As live television coverage began, Americans watched in horror as a second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, slammed into the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. At 9:38 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 smashed into the Pentagon outside of the Nation’s capitol. A fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93 bound for Washington, D.C., crashed outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m.
Positioned above you is a historic steel artifact that once served as a structural member at the World Trade Center site. It is supported by a Pentagon shaped base and prominently looks out, ever vigilant, towards the symbolic Twin Towers and the field of greenery representing Shanksville.
Encased in the foundation of this memorial are copies of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, Gettysburg Address, and a piece of the aircraft from Flight 77 along with the Captain’s insignia wings.
The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden serves to forever honor, respect, and remember the victims, rescuers, and heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.