Saturday, September 13, 2014

VALOR * COMMITMENT * DEDICATION


"NEVER FORGET"

On the afternoon of September 11, 2014, RV and I happened upon one of the most impressive national memorials located in Grapevine, Texas.  Was our discovery accidental or was it something synchronistic that happened?  At first we came upon an array of American flags on a very prominent corner of Grapevine on the southwest corner of Northwest Highway and Texan Trail in the Grapevine Station Development.  This Memorial is located very close to the entrance of the Dallas - Ft. Worth International Airport.  When we stopped at the traffic light we noticed a sign which read:

 "9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL".  

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX
We drove into an adjacent parking lot and noticed people were getting in and out of cars, leaving flowers, taking pictures, spending a few minutes in silence and leaving.

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX

The 9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL was the first national memorial to honor the 9/11  flight crew members, and is dedicated to the 33 flight crew members that were lost and those that courageously continue to be ever-vigilant professionals of the airline industry.

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX

9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX
 The FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL FOUNDATION has donated the Memorial as a gift to the City of Grapevine, who has incorporated the memorial into their Parks system.  

The Memorial has 5 figures: 2 pilots, 2 flight attendants, and a child representing the traveling public.  The names of the crew members of the 9/11 flights are engraved on slabs of granite surrounding the base.  It is truly beautiful and awe-inspiring and was made in memory of the flight crews for all they did and tried to do that helped on September 11, 2001.
  
9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX
This Memorial is important to the aviation industry as it remembers the lost and honors those who continue the quest for excellence in the skies each day.


9/11 FLIGHT CREW MEMORIAL - Grapevine, TX
The Memorial, which was dedicated on July 4, 2008,  includes an iron beam from the World Trade Center, limestone from the Pentagon, and stone from Shanksville, PA.  
Piece of iron beam from World Trade Center

Limestone from Pentagon

Stone from Shanksville, PA 

An addition was made to the Memorial later in 2008 called "The 343 Never Forget Memorial", a tribute to the 343 New York firefighters who died responding to a terrorist attack on the New York City World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
THE 343 FDNY  NEVER FORGET MEMORIAL

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