As you approach the Memorial, you will be greeted by the sight of the American Bald Eagle perched on a globe atop a traditional column, his wings upswept, welcoming you to Freedom. His head bowed in respect to honor those that we are remembering. Look closely at the braid and tassels on the column and see that there is a resemblance to the hair of the Statue of Liberty.
The granite flag is thirteen tall and the column “anchors” the flag to the granite map of the continental United States. The field of stars is cut through the solid granite blocks to await our sunsets on this beautiful site.
Surrounding the map and flag is a brick pathway consisting of engraved commemorative bricks. The pathway is in the shape of the Pentagon. At the top edges of the pathway are “State Stones” representing all fifty states of the union, each stone is engraved with a state name.
Along the back of the flag are three benches, one for each site that was attacked on September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center, The Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa. Each of the individual benches includes the corresponding flight numbers of the aircraft or aircrafts used for that incident. Sit here a moment and reflect while in front of you is the water element. Gazing into the waters you faintly see the images of the twin towers.
At the top of the brick pathway, located to the right are two actual pieces of steel beams from the World Trade Center, donated by the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters Association.
All the hard materials used in the completion of this Memorial are domestic, quarried in the U.S.A. The staging area with its dedication plaque approaching the map and flag is of yellow limestone…A nod to America’s “Amber Waves of Grain”
Here at the Freedom Memorial, Old Glory will forever wave over the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”.