Elsewhere around the U.S. in other time zones memorial activities of all kinds took place. On the West Coast I was fortunate to attend the unveiling and dedication of the City of Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden next to the main fire station and just a few blocks from downtown Beverly Hills.
The ceremony included the Beverly Hills Police Department honor guard and bagpipes participating in the Presentation of Colors, the Star Spangled Banner sung by 10 year-old Robynne French, and the traditional 5-5-5 ringing of the firehouse bells signifying the loss of life. The meaningful festivities also included an elaborate Retire the Colors ceremony along with an explanation of the symbolic folding of the flag into a triangle and the laying of the wreath at the memorial site.
This was an emotional day for us all. But, I think the highlight for me, and many of those present, was the keynote address by Brad Burlingame who lost his brother Charles F. Burlingame III, the pilot of Flight #77. The memorial garden itself is an eloquent example of how hope and renewal have sprung forth in America.
The centerpiece of this remembrance garden is a twisted and bent beam recovered from the World Trade Center. This 1800 pound object reminds us that even though America endured a catastrophic event that day, our nation was strong and showed courage and resiliency to bounce back. In summary, our spirit and resolve can never be broken, but will only grow stronger. That is what true hope and renewal is all about.
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