|| September 6, 2011
|| Doug Bear
Public Communications Manager
(360) 337-5777 or
Human Rights Council members prepare 9/11 memorial site for anniversary
Public encouraged to use site for a time
(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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