Shortly following the events of 9/11 an American Flight Attendant, Valerie Thompson, formed a foundation dedicated to the memory of the professionals who crewed American Airlines Flights 11 and 77 and United Airlines Flights 93 and 175. She and her husband, Dean, continued their vision for six years joined by numerous members of the aviation community and others. On July 4th 2008 the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial was dedicated in Grapevine, Texas, just north of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
It is a bronze sculpture based on the design of Bryce Cameron Liston of Salt Lake City, Utah and sculpted by Dean Thompson. It is executed in the Grande style which is one and one half life size. The Memorial has five figures; two pilots, two flight attendants, and a child representing the traveling public. The figures are 14 feet high and with the base stand 18 feet. It is sited facing west on a compass rose. The figures stand on a single block of white Texas limestone. The names of the crew members of the 9/11 flights are engraved on slabs of granite surrounding the base.
The figures on the monument pay tribute to all flight crews — representing the valor, dedication, and awe-inspiring commitment that flight crews exhibit. These individuals place their lives on the line every flight and are never sure when they may be transformed from everyday citizens to heroes, catapulted into the pages of history. Here is a description of the monument from a sign posted nearby:
A stone column rises to support a large globe, symbolizing how the aviation industry spans the world. The impressive eagles, a national symbol of freedom, represent both airlines, American and United that lost flights that morning.
The Captain stands at the highest point, his copilot to his right, as it is on the airplane. The Captain is charged with the responsibility of protecting passengers, fellow crewmembers and the aircraft.
The First Officer is alert, his safety manual in hand, pointing to the western horizon, the intended destination of all four flights. Back-to-back placement of the Flight Attendants to the Cockpit Crew shows the teamwork of all flight crews, especially now — post 9/11.
The young girl with her teddy bear represents the traveling public. She is the family on their big vacation, the newlyweds on honeymoon, the grandmother on her very first flight, the weary businessman and unfortunately now… she is the soldier off to war.
The role best known by the general flying public is portrayed by the male Flight Attendant. He drapes a blanket around the small child. His duties show a commitment to passenger care and service.
Indicative of her role as a safety professional, the female Flight Attendant stands in the protected position: her hand held in the International sign for “stop”, shielding her passenger from harm.
Alongside the statue are stones from the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA as well as a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. It was very awe inspiring, and I got the goosies while standing there. I can only imagine what it must feel like to stand at Ground Zero.
I’m heading out of town for a wedding for the next several days. Be good to each other!
Well you know the line, “You say Potato. I say Potato.” which when written doesn’t really make a whole heck of a lot of sense but you also know the line “You had to be there”. Hehe. Maybe this work of “art” looks like graffiti to you, but the truth is that the city of Venice is very strict about its rules and permits are required to paint on walls. Not to say the occasional taggers don’t come along and leave their mark, but most of what you see there is there because it’s supposed to be there. Which is this? I’m not really sure.
I feel like I should apologize for posting all these photos from my last trip and maybe also warn you that there are more to come. I really do need to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE and take some pictures.
Magpie, are you listening?
The boardwalk along Venice Beach is a full front assault on all your senses – sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Most of them are even good! Among the most interesting sights in Venice are the murals you will find painted along the sides of buildings like this one.
Everett Bowman Statue, Wickenburg, AZ
b. July 12, 1899 Hope, NM
d. October 25, 1971 Wickenburg, AZ
-Known as the cowboy’s cowboy
-Admired and revered by townsfolk
-Father and organizer of Turtle Association 1936 which became the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association
-1937 Owned Heart Cross Ranch Hillside, AZ
-Acquired private plane and license 1939
-Took up golf 1947 – hit “hole in one” 1952
-Champion mule trainer
-Served as Head Wrangler at Flying – E – Ranch Wickenburg, AZ 1960-1962
Thanks for wonderful memories
Flying – E – guests, staff and friends.
Now there is a man who lived large. I think I would have enjoyed meeting him.
At first glance you might think these are zebras, but actually this is a wire sculpture of two ponies outside the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg. I don’t know anything about this piece of art because there was no information accompanying it. Sorry!
I took this photo with my crappy cell phone camera outside one of the galleries on my trip to Sedona last Spring. I thought I had lost it, but came across it the other day.
Have a super weekend, everybody – I am headed back to the Midwest for some cool Fall weather!