Do You Know Where Portland, Maine’s Inspiring 9/11 Memorial Is Located?
If you are looking for a place to remember, honor, and reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, then the Portland 9/11 memorial may be the perfect place to go. The memorial is at Fort Allen Park on Portland's Eastern Promenade. Fort Allen Park, right on Casco Bay, has some of the most beautiful views in the entire world. The park is home to several memorials including the USS Portland Memorial, USS Maine Memorial Cannon, and the 9/11 Memorial.
The 9/11 Memorial was dedicated in 2003 and is inscribed:
"IF BUT ONE LIFE BE SAVED AND ONE SOUL BE COMFORTED. . . ALL GAVE SOME SOME GAVE ALL AND SOME STILL GIVE. IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE RESCUE EFFORTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001."
There is also a memorial stone at the site with the names of seven Mainers who died from the September 11, attacks.
It's important to remember this fateful day. To remember not only the tragedy but also the incredible heroism shown by so many. It's also important to remember how we all pulled together as a nation on that day. I think we sometimes wonder if we are capable of doing such a thing any more; coming together as one people to fight and conquer incredible challenges. 9/11 showed that we can do that. And that alone is pretty inspiring.
The City is hosting the 9/11 remembrance this Saturday. From the City of Portland website:
City of Portland officials along with the Portland Fire Department and the Portland Police Department will join on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial at Fort Allen Park. Fire Chief Keith Gautreau and Police Chief Frank Clark will participate in a wreath laying ceremony followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 AM to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Here's where you can find the 9/11 Memorial at Fort Allen Park.
Highsmith, C. M., photographer. (2017) Portland, Maine's, modest memorial to those lost in the terrorist attacks on the United States on 9/11/, at Fort Allen Park at the busy harbor on Casco Bay in Maine's largest city. United States Portland Maine, 2017. -09-10. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2017882500/.
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