An extensive display on the courthouse lawn last week served as recognition and a memorial on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
Well-wishers converged upon the display that morning to examine and reflect upon the exhibits.
A victims’ field consisting of 2,977 miniature American flags arranged in parallel columns provided a dramatic visual of the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the World Trade Center attacks, United Airlines Flight 93’s crash in Pennsylvania and American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.
But the memorial’s chief coordinator, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Pore, noted that other features that recognized other elements of the past. An example included a bell off of a fireboat that was present in fighting the infamous 1906 fire in San Francisco.
“We’re not just remembering 9/11,” he said.
Pore noted that this year marked the 12th consecutive year of remembrance for the 9/11 attacks, and the third year in a row for setting up an elaborate display dedicated to the memory of that day.
The first formal display was set up on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2011. Prior to that, Pore commemorated the memory of 9/11 with a video presentation during the Lake County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) annual banquet each spring.
“Our goal each year is to add two to three new exhibits,” he said. “We want to add more education and understanding.”
A firefighter’s memorial featured names, images and burial dates. Pore noted that as of two weeks ago, one of two remaining unaccounted firefighters was identified through sufficient DNA samplings.
Another addition this year included a display of several newspapers and their respective coverage. These publications were not simply a random collection, Pore noted. Rather, he included a newspaper for every city involved in one fashion or another with the days events, whether a departure location, destination or from the site of the attacks.
Pore noted he’s still searching for a copy of the paper from Arlington County, the site of the Pentagon, but it has proven scarcely elusive.
A web site dedicated to the annual memorial can be found at www.enspirit.us.