Remembering Sept. 11: Monuments everywhere pay tribute

LUMBER CITY, Ga. — A mural on the side of a building. A plaque on the side of a city’s building.

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, happened in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., but the day affected Americans nationwide. While there are monuments — or planned monuments — in all three locations, there are also memorials in countless cities nationwide, including in and around Metro Atlanta — in Kennesaw (near The Andrews Raid monuments), Sandy Springs (at the Sandy Springs Historic Site) and Cartersville (in friendship Plaza) in Metro Atlanta. A mural on the side of the Lumber City Meat Co. in Lumber City also pays tribute to 9/11.

While many Sept. 11 monuments aren’t the grandest touted attractions in town, they are the most important — if only because they serve as a reminder of that horrible day nine years ago today.

“As we recall 9/11, we must remember those lessons so that together we might create a nation worthy of those great Americans who were lost,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said this week.

“On 9/11, we were unprepared and our weaknesses were exposed, but even there in the rubble, we began to summon the best of America; facing great loss and grave threats we found our strength, we rediscovered bravery anew, we rediscovered the spirit that makes this nation a place that people from every corner of the world dream of coming to in order to begin new lives,” Deal said.

For more 9/11 memorials in and around Metro Atlanta, visit:;=68f820ea-8a56-4cbc-a769-ac79d80581a4⪫=33.7501&lon;=-84.38825&t;=6.

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