The San Antonio 9/11 Memorial - San Antonio, TX, USA
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N 29° 24.268 W 098° 36.902
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Quick Description: A very large 9-11 memorial was constructed near 6610 Hwy 90 West, between the IH-10 / Hwy 90 West freeway and Castroville Road in southwest San Antonio, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 12/31/2010 5:31:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMADG6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
This large, symbolic 9-11 memorial is along the access road of IH -10 W/Hwy 90 West freeway, northeast of Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB. The memorial is just off the freeway's access, outside the base property. The four major structures composing the whole monument represent the four airplanes used in the terrorist attacks. There is a large Wall of Freedom representing the Pentagon attack, an ascending and a descanding wall representing the twin towers of the World Trade center, and the tall stainless steel pillar representing the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Surrounding these main features and interspersed within them are fountains/pools, donated bricks and a dedicated bench, plus a tall stainless steel tower containing an eternal flame! In the center of the Wall of Freedom is a plaque commemorating the victims of these terrorist attacks. In front of the wall and its associated plaque are the names of all those killed on September 11, 2001 due to the attacks. The inscription on the central wall reads: "The San Antonio 9/11 Memorial / 'We will never forget' / The San Antonio 9/11 Memorial honors the victims of the terrorist attack that took place on September 11, 2001. The memorial has four structures, each carrying symbolic and significance. The structures include the wall of freedom; representing the Pentagon, an ascending and descending wall; representing the the Twin Towers in New York, and a 35 ft. stainless steel pillar; representing the plane that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. / The Wall of Freedom symbolizes the freedom that our forefathers achieved after much sacrifice to build our great nation. The slit at the top of the Wall of Freedom symbolizes that although terrorists infiltrated our nation on September 11, 2001, they could not destroy the American Spirit. And the 35 ft. stainless steel pillar features an eternal flame that will burn in memory of those who perished on 9/11. / The spiritual symbolism captured within this memorial declares a message of national and individual repentance. We begin with God who is the light of the world; the eternal flame. During our walk through life, at some point we may walk away from God; the descending wall. At another point God's desire is that we face the thing in our lives that will turn our hearts back towards God; the ascending wall;leading us back to our Creator; the eternal flame. / The best way to prevent the repeat of a tragedy is through information, awareness and education. The San Antonio 9/11 memorial is committed to educate future generations about the effects of terrorism through educational forums. / This commitment also includes a community service that corresponds with the Homeland Security advisory system. The flagpole located within the memorial adorns both the U.S. flag and a colored flag. The color of the flag will correspond with the Homeland Security advisory systems current threat level to our nation. / When individuals see the colored flag, it will serve as a reminder of our nations current threat level. It is not intended to invoke fear, because we've not been given the spirit of fear. Rather, to remember that there is an enemy that seeks to destroy us. / The San Antonio 9/11 memorial, we will never forget! May God continue to bless the United States of America! / 'He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.' Joshua 4:24 NIV"
Supplemental references:
(1) "The San Antonio 9/11 Memorial Educational Initiative" pamphlet provided at the site by the ICDC.org.
(2) (visit link)
(3) (visit link)
Date of Dedication: 9/11/2003

Name of organization that built the memorial: International Community Development Corporation (ICDC)

Private or Public Monument?: Private

Text on the memorial:
"The San Antonio 9/11 Memorial / 'We will never forget' / The San Antonio 9/11 Memorial honors the victims of the terrorist attack that took place on September 11, 2001. The memorial has four structures, each carrying symbolic and significance. The structures include the wall of freedom; representing the Pentagon, an ascending and descending wall; representing the the Twin Towers in New York, and a 35 ft. stainless steel pillar; representing the plane that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. / The Wall of Freedom symbolizes the freedom that our forefathers achieved after much sacrifice to build our great nation. The slit at the top of the Wall of Freedom symbolizes that although terrorists infiltrated our nation on September 11, 2001, they could not destroy the American Spirit. And the 35 ft. stainless steel pillar features an eternal flame that will burn in memory of those who perished on 9/11. / The spiritual symbolism captured within this memorial declares a message of national and individual repentance. We begin with God who is the light of the world; the eternal flame. During our walk through life, at some point we may walk away from God; the descending wall. At another point God's desire is that we face the thing in our lives that will turn our hearts back towards God; the ascending wall;leading us back to our Creator; the eternal flame. / The best way to prevent the repeat of a tragedy is through information, awareness and education. The San Antonio 9/11 memorial is committed to educate future generations about the effects of terrorism through educational forums. / This commitment also includes a community service that corresponds with the Homeland Security advisory system. The flagpole located within the memorial adorns both the U.S. flag and a colored flag. The color of the flag will correspond with the Homeland Security advisory systems current threat level to our nation. / When individuals see the colored flag, it will serve as a reminder of our nations current threat level. It is not intended to invoke fear, because we've not been given the spirit of fear. Rather, to remember that there is an enemy that seeks to destroy us. / The San Antonio 9/11 memorial, we will never forget! May God continue to bless the United States of America! / 'He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.' Joshua 4:24 NIV"


Physical address of memorial:
6610 HWY 90 West
San Antonio, TX USA
78227


Website for more information: [Web Link]

Additional coordinates: Not Listed

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