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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

Sources

https://www.nps.gov/flni/learn/historyculture/lauren-catuzzi-grandcolas.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

https://marketsquarepark.com/

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 19, 2020:

Hi Sally,

It is horrific that Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas and so many others lost their lives on 9/11, but this garden area in Market Square Park honors her and the others who sacrificed their lives on that day to protect others from harm. It is a beautiful spot and memoriam.

Sally on September 19, 2020:

What a beautiful tribute to a victim of 9/11.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2020:

Hi Cheryl,

This fountain and beautiful surroundings are a lovely way to remember the bravery of Lauren and all those who fought the terrorists on that day. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2020:

Hi Cheryl,

This fountain and beautiful surroundings are a lovely way to remember the bravery of Lauren and all those who fought the terrorists on that day. Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 15, 2020:

Cery beautiful way in which to honor her.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

I agree that this tribute to Lauren and all those who fought the terrorists on that fateful flight is fitting and beautiful. Thanks for your comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 13, 2020:

What a beautiful tribute to Lauren and the other people who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. Thanks for sharing this lovely information and photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2020:

Hi Denise,

So many people were lost on that one day, and the impact of what happened had long-lasting results. It is good to remember those who lost their lives on 9-11. We should honor those who are still dying from the effects of breathing in all of that contaminated air. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 12, 2020:

I didn't know anyone personally who died on that fateful day 19 years ago but it doesn't stop me from feeling their loss deeply. This seems a beautiful tribute. Another of the many places I wish I could see but get to glimpse through your awesome photos. Thank you for being my legs and eyes to places I may never visit in person.

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

It is a lovely way to remember Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas. By way of extension, it also honors the others on that same airplane, who died in the 9/11 attack on our country.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 17, 2020:

What a beautiful way to remember this woman who died in such a horrific way. The memorial is perfect.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 02, 2020:

Hi Linda,

This garden is beautiful and tranquil. It stands in sharp contrast to that day of tragedy when Lauren and so many others lost their lives.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 01, 2020:

What a wonderful memorial for Lauren and the other people that died on that horrible day. This is a very moving article, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 28, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

Much has happened since 9/11, and yet it is something that most of us will never forget. Whether it is 19 years, or 90, it will always be a tragic marker in history. At least this lovely garden celebrates one of the people directly involved and honors her.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 27, 2020:

What a beautiful tribute! Not just to Laura, but to all those people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Hard to believe it's been nearly 19 years since that tragic day.

As always, an excellent article. Posting this to FB & AH.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

Lauren's Garden is a peaceful and reflective part of Market Square Park. 9/11 did change the world forever. I appreciate your comment.

Lorna Lamon on February 26, 2020:

Such brave people and this is a wonderful tribute to Lauren whose story is so touching. I remember this flight and the horrors of 9/11 which changed the world forever. The photos of the garden are beautiful and I am sure it is a very peaceful place to visit. Thank you for sharing Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2020:

Hi Nancy,

I am pleased to know that you enjoyed this.

Nancy Hinchliff on February 25, 2020:

Very nice, Peggy. I always enjoy your articles.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2020:

Hi Nyesha,

I am pleased to be able to show you and other readers this beautiful memorial dedicated to Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

I'll never forget that day. My mother was not feeling well, so I had spent the night at her home. We were watching the Today Show on television when they cut in with breaking news. Of course, the day went downhill from that point on. At first, they thought that it was an accident. By the time another airplane hit the towers, everyone pretty well knew that it was no accident.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on February 25, 2020:

Peggy,

Thank you for sharing this background information about Lauren and photos of the beautiful memorial garden with fountain in her honor.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 25, 2020:

This is a sad story aboutt Lauren. I remember that flight quite well. The garden is lovely and looks like a nice place to visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2020:

Hi Rachelle,

Lauren's Garden is just a small part of Market Square Park in downtown Houston. The entire park is a beauty that I am sure you will enjoy visiting.

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on February 25, 2020:

I never knew about Lauren Catuzzi or Lauren’s Garden until this article. If I ever get to Houston, and I probably will within the coming months, I will make an effort to visit this garden, because it appears to be stunningly beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I am pleased that you are enjoying these articles. You will be learning much more about our Houston metro area in the days to come. Many of these were on another website. After making sure that they were not copied, I am gradually moving them over here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2020:

Hi Liz,

You are correct. 9/11 is a tragedy that touched so many people's lives. It is fitting that Lauren, who grew up in Houston, is honored in this manner.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 25, 2020:

What a fitting and moving tribute in the wake of such tragedy. Thank you for highlighting this garden and the meaning behind it in such a well-structured and well-illustrated article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 25, 2020:

You are putting the rest of us HP writers to shame, Peggy! Once a day you post a quality, interesting article. Very impressive!