“We are honored to display an artifact from the World Trade Center (WTC) in our 9/11 memorial. Every day we work to support those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers. We are dedicated to helping them find ways to stay connected to important memories and to each other. This artifact represents an important memory in our community and in our nation’s history. It is clear that we need to help honor and preserve those important cultural memories as well.”
~ Richard Elbein, CEO of Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.
Recognizing the importance of preserving and honoring memories, Elbein requested an artifact from the Twin Towers to create a memorial along a new garden path on the spacious grounds of the Chapter’s headquarters. The artifact, a portion of steel rail from the PATH station located in the WTC basement, bears witness to the train operators who bravely continued to evacuate victims as the building collapsed around them. It was gifted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Construction on the memorial and walking path began in the summer of 2016 and was dedicated in the fall in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
On 9/11, first responders bravely set aside concern for their own safety in order to serve others. The Alzheimer’s Association sees caregivers on a family scale, every day, set aside their own lives to care for someone they love. Our hope is that this new monument will be a space that honors the brave men and women who worked courageously on 9/11 and all those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.
“Dedicated to the courageous acts and tragic losses of September 11, 2001, this commemoration will offer a place for respite and reflection. We are proud to become the home of one of the only artifacts from the World Trade Center in Texas.”
~ John Harris, Staff Lead for Federal Public Policy.
The following inscription will be displayed with the recovered artifact:
September 11th, 2001 Memorial & Remembrance Gardens
Dedicated to those lost and to those named and unnamed heroes who offer us hope in trying times.
“We are braver and wiser because they existed,
those strong women and strong men…
We are who we are because they were who they were.
It’s wise to know where you come from,
who called your name.”
– Maya Angelou
This 14-foot section of Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) commuter train’s third rail honors PATH employees who saved thousands of commuters’ lives by continuing to operate trains as the Twin Towers collapsed above them.
The Alzheimer’s Association honors these memories as we do all special memories.
Fourteen-foot long section of the third rail from the PATH train stop located under The World Trade Center now destination along the new walking path in the garden space at the Alzheimer’s Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter Headquaters
On Friday February 24th Interfaith Community Leaders and City Officials joined chapter staff and board members at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 9/11 Memorial and Remembrance Garden. Now open to the public whenever the Chapter is open, the memorial and gardens can serve as place of rest and refection for all Houstonians.