I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve run down the lakefront boardwalk and never knew I had been so close to two actual steel beams from the World Trade Center.
Memorial Point can be seen on the flags hung from the light posts for the stretch of boardwalk surrounding the Lake Charles 9/11 Memorial, and it stands within a wall of concrete and three-thousand colorful mosaic pieces representing the lives lost. In the center is a fountain with the two beams rising from the water, each with a flag attached. It’s beautiful and unreal and sad to be so near to them.
A few feet away, behind protective glass, is a piece of slab made of limestone from the Pentagon. Inscribed are the names of two locals lost that day, Kevin Yokum and L. Russel Keene II.
The memorial is a lovely tribute to those who died that day and the families they left behind. If you’re a local and haven’t visited yet, go. Make it a priority this weekend. If you’re a tourist in the area, add it to your itinerary. It’s a very humbling sight that all need to experience.