HILLIARD, Ohio — A memorial to one of the darkest days in recent history might seem out of place in this small Columbus suburb.
Today, 13 years after that fateful day, memorials to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have been or are being built in villages, towns and cities nationwide.
Hilliard dedicated its $1.9 million memorial, First Responders Park, on Sept. 11, 2010. The memorial features three granite walls (representing the three attacks) engraved with the the names of the nearly 2,800 Americans who died and 366 first responders who died during the attacks.
“Especially for our younger citizens, I think it’s important to communicate the full meaning of what happened to our nation on Sept. 11, 2001,” Mayor Don Schonhardt said during the dedication. “While it is an important history lesson, it is also a lesson about real American heroes and the grit, willingness and determination of first responders to put their lives at risk to save the lives of others.”
While many Sept. 11 monuments aren’t the grandest attractions in town, they are the most important — if only because they serve as a reminder of that horrible day 13 years ago today.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of memorials across the country. They range in size from paintings on the side of a building in Lumber City, Ga., to Hilliard’s First Memorial Park to the “Postcards” memorial on Staten Island.
Located near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George, the “Postcards” memorial stands with the forever-changed New York City skyline as its backdrop. The memorial was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2004, and honors the 270 Staten Island residents or former residents who were killed during both the 2001 attack and the 1993 terror attack on the World Trade Center.
The memorial’s two thin structures resemble postcards. From afar, they appear as wings outstretched toward the sky.
Elsewhere in New York, the 9/11 Memorial was officially dedicated in New York City in 2011 as part of a day aimed at remembering the events 10 years ago that forever changed the country.