There isn’t an American who is not affected by the events of September 11, 2001when the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and the crash of United Airlines Flight 92 in a field in Shade Township, Somerset Country, Pennsylvania happened. Sue Casey wanted a living memorial for the victims and survivors of September 11, 2001 so she founded the “Remember Me” Rose Gardens in each area to honor the spirit of the men and women whose lives were lost and all who honor freedom. It will provide a sanctuary for family and friends to honor those who died that day.
There will be 11 roses to be selected for the “Remember Me Rose Gardens”. So far the following roses are now chosen:
1. “Firefighter”, a red hybrid tea rose is the first of eleven roses named in September 2003 to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day. The rose was hybridized by Pierre Orard and first available through Edmunds Roses, but is now available wholesale through Weeks Roses. “Firefighter” is very fragrant.
2. “Soaring Spirits”, a new cream pink and yellow striped climbing rose is the second rose named in September 2004 to honor the more than 2000 people who lost their lives while working in the World Trade Center Towers. It was hybridized by Tom Carruth, and available through Weeks Roses.
3. “We Salute You”, an orange/pink hybrid tea is the third rose named in September 2005 to honor the 125 service members, employees, and contract workers who dies in the Pentagon. It was also hybridized by Tom Carruth and available through Weeks roses.
4. “Forty Heroes”, a beautiful golden yellow floribunda, is the fourth rose named and released in April 2006. “Forty Heroes” is named to honor the crew and passengers of United Flight 93. They courageously fought back forcing the hijackers to crash the plane in rural Pennsylvania instead of the intended target in Washington, D.C. It was hybridized by Ping Lim of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
5. “The Finest”, a beautiful white hybrid tea is the fifth rose named and released in September 2007. “The Finest” is named to honor the 23 New York Police Department Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11, 2011. These 23 NYPD Officers, in their dedication to protect the lives of fellow citizens, gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. It was also hybridized by Ping Lim of Bailey Nurseries.
6. “Patriot Dream”, a beautiful salmon colored shrub rose is the sixth rose named and released in June 2009. “Patriot Dream” honors the 64 people who were the crew and passengers on American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon. A family member of Flight 77 crew suggested the name “Patriot Dream”. This rose has a light fruity fragrance. This rose will also be planted at the three Washington D.C. schools that had students and teachers aboard Flight 77. It is being introduced by Bailey Nurseries.
7. “Survivor”, a dark pink rose, is the seventh rose in the series and released in June 2010. The name “Survivor” was suggested by a group of survivors who worked in the World Trade Center. Lead by JoAnn Pedersen, the group said there could be no other name for their rose. The survivors who made it out of the World Trade Center helped rescue others, aiding in their escape down the stairwell before the Towers collapsed. At the Pentagon, survivors struggled to reach safety after Flight 77 crashed into the building. Ordinary people became heroes as they helped on another to safety. This rose was also hybridized by Ping Lim of Bailey Rose Nurseries.
8. “Wings of Courage”, a beautiful butter yellow rose with a halo of white petals, is the eight rose named on June 12, 2011 in Portland Oregon. “Wings of Courage” is named to honor the crew and passengers on American Airlines Flight 11, which struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. It is mildly scented and can have up to thirty blooms at one time. The rose was hybridized by the late John Clements of Heirloom Roses.
To honor the spirit of the men and women whose lives were lost in New York, at the Pentagon, and at a field in Shade Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, you can download FREE “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, a book dedicated to WWII veterans on 9/11/13 only at Kindle Lending Library starting at approximately 12 AM Pacific Standard Time to approximately 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
Copyright © 2013. By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of “BAHALA NA (Come What May”.
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