KAYSVILLE – “What really matters are people,” Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell said during a “Heroes of 9/11, They Had Dreams” program and dedication Wednesday morning (Sept. 11) at the Utah State University Botanical Center.
He said buildings, planes and things can always be rebuilt.
“To be sure, the world has never been the same since 9/11,” Bell also said.
The Lt. Governor had a caution too: Civilization is very fragile and there is a thin line between the savage and the humane.
The Layton Communities That Care (CTC) Youth group assisted the Youth of Promise (YOP) organization to add additional monuments to the existing 9/11 Memorial that was initially dedicated on Sept. 11, 2012.
Bell complemented the Youth of Promise for their work on creating this expanded memorial, noting it was very difficult to design, build and fund.
He also praised Utah Senator Stuart Adams from Layton, who fought hard for state funding to make the monuments a reality.
“It wasn’t easy,” Bell said of obtaining the funding.
“May we always remember 9/11 and such events,” Bell concluded.
Retired General Brian Tarbet also spoke on the program.
“The importance of these memorials can’t be overstated,” he said. “This memorial is a wonderful reminder … We should never forget 9/11. We’re a society that doesn’t remember well.”
Adam Gardiner, representing Congressman Rob Bishop, read a statement from Bishop, which noted that this memorial reminds us of some positive things that grew out of the 9/11 attack, like increased unity and cooperation.
Also participating on the program were veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, First Gulf War as well as current active members of the military from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.
Three white helium balloons were released into the air at the end of program to represent the three Utah victims from 9/11. Dozens of blue balloons were also released to represent the military men and women from Utah, who have died since 9/11.
The new memorial dedicated includes statues, plus a related bronzed list of the 129 military personnel from Utah who have died since Sept.11, 2001 and up until June 1 of this year.
The Botanical Center donated the land for the 9/11 memorial and has also agreed to maintain it.
Some 250 people attended the program and although there was scattered rain, a steady rain didn’t begin until just after the dedication.
The memorial is open to the public and is located at 920 S. 50 West, Kaysville.