Date Of Visit: September 11, 2019
Location: Boston Public Garden, Arlington St, Boston, MA
It’s been 18 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, yet the pain is still real and the scars are still raw for many. Built in 2002, the 911 Memorial at the Boston Garden gives people a place to reflect, leave flowers and other mementos and let us all remember.
The memorial includes names of the victims with ties to Massachusetts or the New England area. As I scanned the scanned the 250 names , one name stood out.
Madeline Amy Stewart (more commonly known as Amy Stewart) is considered the first person to give a description of the hijackers to the air traffic controllers. Amy, who was originally from Long Island and settled in Acton, MA, after her marriage, was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11. Before her plane crashed into the North Tower, Amy relayed important information about the hijackers and the path of the plane she was on. Like many other people who died that day she was not supposed to work on that flight. She had picked up an extra shift for a colleague who had fallen ill. There are a lot of stories like that in the list of names etched in the memorial.
Each year, the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award For Civilian Bravery is awarded to one person from a who has displayed exceptional bravery, without regard for personal safety, in an effort to save the lives of another or others in actual imminent danger.
Annually, on the anniversary of the attacks, a wreath is placed at the memorial. Many people also leave mementos and reminders such as a photo of the Twin Towers and photos of some of the victims of the attack.
Another thing I noticed on the memorial is a few of the names had FDNY after their names (indicating they worked for the Fire Department of New York) and, as I researched the memorial and names on the memorials, just how many people had ties to the New England area. It’s not unusual to meet someone in one of the New England states who has a relative who resides in New York, or who may have been born there or lived there at some point. We’re very much connected to New York and other parts of the areas affected by the attacks and the connection is very much evident when you visit the memorial.