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Lauren’s Garden in Market Square Park of Houston

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Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park

Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park

In Memoriam

Lauren’s Garden is a part of the historic Market Square Park in downtown Houston. The address is 301 Milam St., Houston, Texas 77002.

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas was just one of the many people killed on that infamous day of September 11, 2001, when America was under siege by a handful of terrorists.

Lauren loved the outdoors and nature. It seems very fitting that beautiful flowers and blooming shrubs surround this lovely memorial fountain.

Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park

Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park

Lauren’s Garden rose bushes

Lauren’s Garden rose bushes

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas

It was by pure chance that she was on United Flight 93 when terrorists took over that airplane. Lauren was initially scheduled to be on another flight but got to the airport early. She had just attended her grandmother's funeral and was returning home.

Lauren was excited to work on a new project, that of writing a book. She had many years of sales and marketing experience and was turning her energy in a new direction.

This intelligent woman was married and twelve weeks pregnant. It would have been she and her husband's first child. She was thirty-eight years old when her life and that of her baby ended.

Lauren’s Garden Sculpture

Lauren’s Garden Sculpture

United Flight 93

The brave 40 passengers on that flight fought with the terrorists and prevented that airplane from crashing into an intended target. Instead, the plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. That site is now a memorial to the brave passengers aboard that United Airlines flight that day. Many of them were calling on their cell phones and advising of the “problems” on board.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

— Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

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Lauren’s Garden large stones represent lives lost on United Flight 93

Lauren’s Garden large stones represent lives lost on United Flight 93

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation

A foundation was set up in Lauren’s name, and part of the funds for the foundation comes from a book that she was writing. Her sisters posthumously published it.

The title of the book is You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls. It is a book of encouragement and goal setting, much like earning badges in the Girl Scouts after completion of what is necessary to attain those badges.

This meaningful fountain and surrounding landscaped grounds are a gift to the City of Houston from the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation.

Each of the components bears a special meaning.

  • Three granite walls of the fountain represent the crash sites in New York, Washington, D.C., and that field in Pennsylvania.
  • The 40 large stones in the fountain represent those who lost their lives on United Flight 93.
  • All of the 2,753 smaller pebbles lining the front of the fountain represent the deceased people from the collapse of the World Trade Center.
  • The 184 slightly larger pebbles represent those who died at the Pentagon.

Sculptures

There are a couple of twisted bronze sculptures. Those sculptures are modeled after the long-lived bristlecone pine tree.

Even though we lost many lives on that horrific day, those sculptures represent endurance and resilience in the face of adversity.

“It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment.”

— Bram Stoker

Fitting Tribute

This tribute garden is a special place within this Houston city park. It is a place for reflection as well as remembrance.

On a plaque adjacent to the fountain, the last sentence reads as follows:

“Flowing water, stone, trees, and flowers commemorate Lauren’s love of the outdoors, celebrating nature and the preciousness of life.”

Side view of Lauren's Garden

Side view of Lauren's Garden

September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.

— Geraldine Brooks

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods