September 11th Memorial at Beechwood

On September 11th, 2001, Canada lost 26 Canadians that dreadful day. Beechwood was created by Canadians, for Canadians, in 1873. Operating on a not-for-profit basis, Beechwood is also non-denominational, a national historic site, home of National Military Cemetery and the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery and last but not least, Canada's National Cemetery. What a fitting place to have a memorial to our lost Canadians.

So late in 2001, the idea was sent to our volunteer Board of Directors and I was given clearance to pursue this project and see how I could establish such a fitting tribute in Beechwood.

Working closely with Foreign Affairs, the unveiling of the memorial plaque was accomplished a year later with the family of each victim in attendance for a very emotional dedication.

To give each family an opportunity to 'lay to rest' their loved one without having a body, a cherry wood sarcophagus was made allowing each family the opportunity to bring an item or two that represented their loved one, to place into this box. The box was then encased in plexiglass, then in a wood shell and buried in front of the memorial to represent a 'grave'.

The Ottawa Sun

Sep. 11, 2011

Remembering the Canadians
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Cherry wood sarcophagus.

Sarcophagus (containing personal items of each victim) encased in Plexiglas and then a wooden vault, lowered into this makeshift grave.

Solid bronze plaque affixed to a natural boulder.

The butterfly release after the ceremony.

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the families and visitors with his comments.