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September 11 Memorial Garden (London)

Ambassador William Farish and Tessa Jowell planting white roses in the memorial garden in Grosvenor Square on July 7, 2003.

 

Dedicated to: Those who lost their lives in the United States on September 11, 2001

Type of Memorial: Garden

 

Location: Grosvenor Square Garden

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

 

Open to Public: Yes

 

Description: A permanent memorial garden to those who lost their lives in the United States on September 11, 2001 has been built by the British government in Grosvenor Square Garden, London, which is bordered on its west side by the U.S. Embassy. The memorial's official opening was on September 11, 2003. The square is also known as American Square and has statues of Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin Roosevelt.

"An oak pergola frames the rear half of the garden providing a shady seating area for visitors. At the centre of this sits a small pavilion. On the front face of the pavilion are three bronze plaques listing the names of those from the United Kingdom, UK Overseas Territories and dual nationals who lost their lives. Richard Kindersley, who was responsible for the inscriptions for the memorial gates on Constitution Hill in London and the memorial to the victims of Dunblane, has designed the plaques. The paving is a sawn finish York stone. This stone is warm in color and is highly durable. At the center of the paved area, set into the ground, sits a stone plaque that forms a universal memorial to all those who lost their lives. It bears the text of the poem “For Katrina’s Sun-dial” by Henry Van Dyke that was read at the first memorial service at Westminster Abbey in November 2001 by Judi Dench, and again as part of the first anniversary memorial service at St. Paul’s Cathedral by Sophie Brandt of the Red Cross. Richard Kindersley has also designed it. Preserved in resin and resting beneath this stone is a section of steel girder from World Trade Center One."

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