Remembering 9/11 victims in Bucks County

September 9, 2011 2:48:45 PM PDT
A Bucks County memorial to the victims of 9/11 will be among the thousands of sites that will commemorate the anniversary of the attacks this weekend.

Ellen Saracini wanted to make sure that anyone who has lost a family member or friend - or those who just want to pay their respects - has a place to go.

That place is the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield Township.

Volunteer stone masons worked this week to complete the entranceway walls in time for this weekend's ceremony.

Ellen's husband, Victor Saracini, was the captain of United Airlines Flight 175 that struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

When asked how she feels 10 years after the attacks, she said "I remember the person he was and the life lessons he taught his children."

There are sorrowful reminders of the tragedy, including an iron beam from Ground Zero, and from the skies above the forecourt, shaped as a teardrop.

There are 42 lights along the walk, one for each of the Pennsylvania children, who lost a parent. The undulating grounds represent the waves of change and turbulence inflicted on us.

The names of the nearly 3,000 victims are etched in glass on the outer walkway. On the inner walk are the names of the 17 Bucks County residents who died.

There are also luminous symbols of hope and peace. The ascending twin fountains are a metaphor for the soaring spirit of those who perished and the soothing waters of the reflecting pool.

"A lot of people say to me 'time heals.' I just kind of smile to myself and realize that they've never been through it if they feel that. Time doesn't heal, it just gets you used to a different way of living," said Ellen.

Visit their website for more information on this weekend's candlelight vigil and remembrance ceremony at the Garden of Reflection.

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