As the nation and world look toward the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Terrace Park Funeral Home and Cemetery will remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. This event is Free and Open to the community, the Terrace Park 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and Reflection Walk will take place on Monday, September 11, 2017, at Terrace Park Funeral Home & Cemetery located at 801 NW 108th Street, Kansas City, MO (169 Highway & Shoal Creek Parkway).
The Memorial Ceremony will commence at 8:46 am (the time Flight 11 crashed into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center) with the chiming of a bell. Susan Hiland, Director of Media and Public Relations at North Kansas City Schools, will read the chronology of the events of 9/11 followed by prayer, a moment of silence, the playing of taps and a dove release.
Influential Northland political figures and community leaders will gather with us as we commemorate the 16th anniversary of 9/11 together.
The centerpiece of the event will be a 21-foot-long, half ton steel artifact from the World Trade Center, on loan from the Smithville American Legion. The metal rail represents the thousands of lives lost when the building crumbled on September 11th 2001. The rusted, twisted metal is to be incorporated in a permanent memorial to be built in Smithville, Missouri.
The Reflection Walk will commence immediately following the Memorial Ceremony (approximately 9am) and continue until 6pm. Guests will receive a small white flag and a card, either civilian or
First Responder, with the Name, Age, Hometown, Employer, and Place at the time of the Attack. Guests will walk from the funeral Home to their Lakeside Chapel where they will place their flag and add to a collective work of art. Guest will then walk back to the Funeral Home where they can then depart. The reflection walk is approximately one (1) mile in length, or just over 2,000 steps, representing the 2,071 stairs within the World Trade Center. While walking, guests are encouraged to reflect on the events of 9/11, the victim whose name card they carry, and their own memories and emotions from that day.
“The Reflection Walk is an activity that allows participants to pray and reflect on the connection between their lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters lost in the tragedy of 9/11,” said Phil Zehms, General Manager of Terrace Park Funeral Home and Cemetery.
For more information on 9/11 visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at 911memorial.org. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit organization that oversees the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in New York City.
The 9/11 Memorial website offers educational materials on 9/11, a guide to learn about each victim of the attacks, interactive timelines and ways to support the Memorial throughout the year.