By Jack Foley
PLANS have been unveiled for a memorial garden to the 67 British citizens who were killed during the September 11 attacks on America last year.
The garden, which will lie in the shadow of the American Embassy within Grosvenor
Square Gardens in London, is not due for completion until next year, but a
planning application has been submitted to Westminster Council which has the
support of the victims families.
Grosvenor Square Gardens became the focal point for bereaved Americans last year and is seen by Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell, as the idea location for such a tribute.
The garden has been designed by the victims families, as well as the Royal Parks and landscape architects Land Use Consultants, and will consist of an oval with an oak pergola on one side and two planting beds on the other. A stone centrepiece, including an inscription listing all of the victims names, will also be included.
It will be enclosed by a yew hedge and steel railings, which will be planted
with native North American and British plants, along with some of the flowers
that were incorporated in the posy presented to the Queen during last Novembers
There will be no sculpture or fountain at the request of the families.
Ms Jowell said that the memorial was intended to be simple yet dignified and was designed to allow for privacy and seclusion for visitors. She hopes that it will be completed in time to mark the second anniversary of the devastating events.
The first anniversary is to be commemorated next month at St Paul's Cathedral,
when Prince Charles will lead a memorial service.
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