The Garden of Reflection, Yardley PA
9/11 changed our lives forever. Before this horrific event, America
seemed almost invincible—but this was a terrorist attack, unlike any
other our country had experienced. 9/11 was undoubtedly and
irrefutably one of the worst and most pivotal moments in American
Nearly two decades later, that darkest of days is still a memory that
painfully endures, for survivors as well as the rest of the country.
9/11 showed us humanity at both its worst and its best, and the brave
actions of ordinary citizens and first responders are forever etched
in our minds. And while we can’t bring back the lives of all those we
lost, we can keep their memory alive.
The Memorial Garden of Reflection
The 9-11 Memorial Garden of Reflection
in Yardley PA
built in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the terrorist
attacks of that day. After careful consideration, the site chosen for
this garden was Memorial Park in historic Bucks County. This peaceful
setting in Lower Makefield Township is the perfect place to visit for
contemplation, reflection, and remembering.
Donations from the public fund the garden and visitors are asked to
donate the sum of $9.11 to help maintain the memorial and the grounds
and facilities around it. All of the money collected goes into the
Remembrance Fund. The garden itself is run and maintained by
volunteers, thus avoiding the expense of paid upkeep. This arrangement
allows 100% of the fund to be put toward the maintenance of the
The Idea Behind the Design
The memorial was conceived and designed by Liuba Lashchyk. The Yardley
architect aimed to create a beautiful space that symbolized the
hopeful concept that light follows darkness. The design includes a
spiraling pathway, moving from somber reminders of heartbreaking loss
through to a lighter and more luminous setting. Pennsylvania’s
official memorial to those lost on that day also includes a piece of
rebar retrieved from the site of the fallen Twin Towers and is
featured at the beginning of the path.
Approaching the spiral, you can’t help but feel a sense of peace and
serenity. As you make your way along the pathway, you’re reminded of
those who lost their lives—the victims’ names are printed on plates
attached to a railing. It’s quite sobering to see this stark, visual
reminder of the number of people who lost their lives that day. But
there are several fountains at the center of the memorial, which are
lit from beneath in the evening. This beautiful sight acts as the
reminder that you can always find light, even on the darkest day.
This poignant memorial and the sentiments it represents help to
demonstrate how people from across the country came together during a
horrendous crisis. It will hopefully be a more enduring legacy than
the cowardly act that inspired it.
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