As we seek to honor those who died on 9-11, there is a quiet spot in Downtown Houston that honors one of them, in particular. Her name was Lauren.
“Lauren Catuzzi Grancolas, daughter of Barbara and Larry Catuzzi, who live here in Houston. Lauren grew up here, and they wanted some way to memorialize the fact that she went down on Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA, so they had this idea of a memorial garden…”
- Bob Eury, Executive Director of the Houston Downtown Management District
And that idea was the seed that planted Lauren’s Garden, nestled in Market Square Park. Eury calls it a contemplative space where you can sit and reflect on the lives and the loss of not just Lauren, but all of those whose lives were stolen on that devastating day in 2001.
There were 40 passengers and crew on Lauren’s flight; Flight 93. Many of them would become heroes when they wrested control of the doomed plane from terrorists who may have been intent on flying it into the United States Capitol, killing countless people. The plane, instead, crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, killing those aboard.
If you visit Lauren’s Garden you will find a fitting memorial to the victims of Flight 93. You’d find yellow roses, called Forty Heroes Roses. They were bred in memory of the victims of Flight 93. There are also three granite walls in a fountain that represent the sites of the crashes – New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC – and stones representing each victim.