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The International Peace Garden 9/11 Memorial (Dunseith)


Dedicated to: Those who lost their lives in the events of September 11,2001.

Type of Memorial: Peace Garden


Address: RR1 Box 116

City: Dunseith

State: North Dakota

Country: United States


Open to Public: Yes, 24/7



Purpose: "To construct a memorial to those who lost their lives in the events of September 11, 2001," said Kathy McGhan of the garden. The current display is temporary. The final design, as a result of a competition involving five universities in the United States and Canada, will be implemented upon completion of a fund raising program. The design, by Derrick Wolbaum and Marcus Lund, students at North Dakota State University, Fargo, is composed of three separate yet interdependent chambers titled "Recall, Reflect, and Remember," each a separate emotion that promote self-reflection, understanding, and forgiveness.

Reason site was selected: "As a historical site," said McGhan. Their project description continues, "In May of 2002, the Province of Manitoba conceived an idea of constructing a memorial at the International Peace Garden to those who lost their lives in the events of September 11, 2001. Soon after, the Peace Garden learned that they would receive ten pieces of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Manitoba Premier Gardy Doer announced a memorial cairn was to be built to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. 'The International Peace Garden is a magnificent and unique site, and I can think of no place more appropriate or fitting for a memorial of this kind,' said the Premier. The 9-11 Memorial is located midway to the Peace Chapel and across from the Bell Tower in the formal garden. A listing of the victims and their country origin is on display in the Peace Chapel."

Events planned for site: In September of 2002 and 2003, the International Peace Garden opened its gates free of charge for a special ceremony to mark a commemorative event for the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Dignitaries from North Dakota and Manitoba were present at the ceremonies, as many Canadians and Americans united in solemn reflection. Area students participated in the "Seeds for Peace" program and received a tree. It is anticipated that events involving school children and tree planting will continue to be held each September 11th.

Do you believe your memorial is a sacred place?: "People come here because we display peace throughout and that is what the International Peace Garden is based on - so some may find it sacred," McGhan said.

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Contact: Kathy McGhan at kathy@peacegarden.com or Dough Hevenor at dhevenor@srt.com, (888) 432-6733

Web Site: www.peacegarden.com



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