The Broomfield 9/11 Memorial, which was first dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, honors the victims of the assaults.
The monument, situated in Broomfield‘s Community Park and features salvaged fragments of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, was created by artist Reynaldo “Sonny” Rivera and is devoted to both individual residents and first responders died in the assault.
The North Metro Fire Rescue District Community Foundation oversaw the monument’s construction as one of the country’s most prominent 9/11 tributes. Three sculptures portray first responders arriving at the scene of the assault, while enormous stone reliefs record the names of those who died due to the incident.
Beginning on September 8, 2021, the City and County of Broomfield, the North Metro Fire Rescue District Veterans Museum Broomfield, and the Broomfield Police Department collaborated to conduct a series of events up to the 20th anniversary of September 11.
The Broomfield Auditorium hosted a screening of “Finding Daylight,” a documentary about families of those killed in the 2001 terrorist strikes.
The Broomfield Amphitheater hosted the Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony. It included words from former New York Fire Department Captain John Fatta. Following the ceremony, Chaplain Andy Meverden gave an address in the Veterans Museum Broomfield.
Visiting the “Reflecting Absence” memorial during a terrible worldwide health epidemic gave the mass tragedy a new perspective. Michael Arad is a well-known Israeli-American architect best known for designing the World Trade Center Memorial. He estimated that around 3,000 people died that day. He marveled at how the country had come together after September 11 due to a sense of community.
Years have passed since the 9/11 Memorial construction ended on the site where the World Trade Center’s twin towers once stood. Almost every year, Michael Arad explains the symbolism of the beautiful twin waterfalls he built to remember the roughly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks on the east coast or recount the long and challenging process that went into their construction.
To mark the 20th anniversary, the 2021 911 Memorial Ceremony included some unique elements. An honor guard march, flag presentation, and ceremonial bell ringing were also part of the service in remembrance of each place hit on 9/11. Bagpiper Michael Lancaster and Bugles Across America presented special music. Community members could add mementos and leave letters on a unique tribute wall beside the memorial throughout the weekend.
After the September 11 Memorial Ceremony, the Veterans Museum Broomfield intended to organize a Coffee and Conversation event with Chaplain (COL, US Army, retired) Andy Meverden, who was to speak about how 9/11 affected his military experience and ministry in Afghanistan.
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