Memorial Sites 

9/11 Memorials 

9/11 Memorial
180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,996 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six.

National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
1 N Rotary Rd, Arlington, VA 22202

The Pentagon Memorial, located just southwest of The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, is a permanent outdoor memorial to the 184 people who died as victims in the building and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the September 11 attacks.

Flight 93 National Memorial 
6424 Lincoln Hwy #30, Stoystown, PA 15563

The Flight 93 National Memorial is located at the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked in the September 11 attacks, in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, about 2 miles north of Shanksville, and 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Tear Drop Memorial 
51 Port Terminal Blvd, Bayonne, NJ 07002

To the Struggle Against World Terrorism is a 10–story sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift from the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks in 2001, 26 of whom were Russian, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing

Empty Sky Memorial 
1 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Empty Sky is the official New Jersey September 11 memorial to the state’s victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States. It is located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City at the mouth of Hudson River across from the World Trade Center site.

J. Seward Johnson (“Makeshift Memorial” sculpture)

Located near Exchange Place on the Jersey City Waterfront Walkway, this memorial consists of three pieces of World Trade Center steel and a black granite slab inscribed with a commemorative message and the names of 37 Jersey City residents who perished in the attacks. The memorial also includes the sculpture “Makeshift Memorial” by artist J. Seward Johnson. The sculpture is based off of the “Double Check” sculpture that was found in the rubble during the recovery period and subsequently made into a makeshift memorial at the World Trade Center site. The original ephemera and mementos that accumulated on the “Double Check” sculpture were cast in bronze and repositioned as they were found, thus creating the composition of “Makeshift Memorial.” The lower Manhattan skyline serves as the background to this memorial.

Matthew Wayne Shepard. Murder Victim. Shepard’s death brought the issues of homophobia and gay bashing to the attention of the American public. Born in Casper, Wyoming, the oldest son of Dennis Shepard and Judy Peck Shepard. He attended Dean Morgan Junior High School and Natrona County High School, before spending his junior and senior year at the American High School in Switzerland, graduating in 1995. He was also a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He later attended Catawba College, before moving on to the University of Wyoming, planning to major in political science. On October 7, 1998, twenty-one year old Matthew met Aaron James McKinney and Russell Arthur Henderson in a local Laramie bar. The two men offered to give him a ride back to the dorms, and Shepard was subsequently robbed, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. It was later determined that McKinney and Henderson discovered his home address, intending to burgle his home. Shepard was discovered 18 hours later, alive but comatose from his injuries. He never regained consciousness, and was on full life support until he died on October 12, at the Poudre Valley hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. Police found evidence of Shepard in the truck belonging to the two murderers. During their trial, Henderson and McKinney claimed that they had panicked after Shepard had allegedly made sexual advances on them; they also claimed that they had only intended to rob him, and not to kill him. Henderson pleaded guilty on April 5, 1999, and agreed to testify against McKinney to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, without the possibility of parole (one for kidnapping and one for murder). McKinney was found guilty and while the jury was deliberating on the death penalty, Shepard’s parents brokered a deal that gave McKinney two consecutive life sentences, without benefit of parole. Shepard’s parents stated “we are giving him life in the memory of one who no longer lives.” The Shepard case prompted President Bill Clinton to renew an attempt to extend federal hate crime legislation to include gay and lesbian individuals, as well as women and people with disabilities; the efforts were rejected by the US House of Representatives. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was finally passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in October 2009.

New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Memorial 

Marshall University Plane Crash Memorial

On a rainy hill side in Wayne County, West Virginia, the lives of 75 people were lost in the worst single air tragedy in NCAA sports history. Among the losses were nearly the entire Marshall University football team, coaches, flight crew, numerous fans, and supporters. The event marked a boundary by which an entire community would forever measure time… before or after “The Crash”. This site is a memorial to the lives that were lost on that evening; to honor those men and women who made a mark in the hearts of a school, a community and a nation.

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