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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: September 6, 2011

Contact: Doug Bear
Public Communications Manager
(360) 337-5777 or

No: 2011-064


Human Rights Council members prepare 9/11 memorial site for anniversary
Public encouraged to use site for a time of reflection

(Port Orchard, WA)  Members from the County’s Human Rights Council are spending this coming Saturday (September 10) preparing the County’s 9/11 memorial at Island Lake for visitors for the tenth anniversary of the attacks on Sunday, September 11.  In addition to a general clean up, Council members purchased polished stones to replenish the supply available in a permanent container on the site. Visitors are encouraged to take a stone, contemplate the moment in whatever way they deem appropriate, then place the small stones on the memorial or toss it into the lake.

“Creating a space in which the community can remember 9/11 is an important thing to do.  We all have memories, feelings and thoughts that take us so vividly back to that day and hour ten years ago. We need to respect where we each are in our own grief and loss process. What’s being created at Island Lake fills a unique void for many in our community, “said Rob Gelder, Kitsap County Commissioner (District #1).

“Each of us experienced 9/11 collectively as a community and personally as individuals. Taking time to remember, and spending a few moments in reflective thought is a unique and personal opportunity to memorialize that tragic day,” said Josh Brown, Kitsap County Commissioner (District #3).

The memorial garden was dedicated on September 11, 2002. Located in Island Lake Park, the memorial consists of 6,000 pounds of carved granite stone taken from Snoqualmie Pass. Two small column blocks of basalt are laid on the ground symbolizing the fallen towers. The park is located at 1087 NW Island Lake Road, about two miles north of Silverdale. The memorial is on the North shore of the lake, down the slope from the picnic shelter.

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