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Interactive 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial at Educational Complex Ballfield 9/11 to 9/18/2021 by Chuck & Allison Houchins in conjunction with HAHC

Saturday, September 11, 2021 Through Saturday, September 18, 2021
6:00 am - 12:00 am

When: Opens 6:00 a.m. 9-11-21 and closes at 10:00 p.m. on 9-18-21
Why: To offer the public a meaningful and appropriate mode to participate in remembrance
and honor of those who perished in conjunction with the terror attacks of that date.
How: The entire ballpark at the Educational Complex will be involved in the installation of this
memorial. The main entrance will be at the backstop on the corner of Hiddenite Church Road
and Leach Street. A provision for handicapped entrance will be at the southeast opening in the
chain link fence, otherwise the field will be closed to contain the memorial. Retired flags from
Chuck and Allison Houchins, kept over the last 20 years, will be displayed in memorial and
symbolic of sacrifice. Visitors to the memorial will enter under a 10’ x 20’ flag hanging from the
backstop and flanked by NEVER FORGET and 09-11-2001 large banners. They will then walk to
the right of the entrance to “read through” the memorial. Every three fence panels will feature
a staff-posted retired flag and then a text banner that will tell the story and statistics of 9-11
regarding those who perished. As the text follows around the ballpark, selected profiles of
fallen heroes, and words of inspiration will be appropriately included.
After visitors have walked the entirety of the fence panels, a final stop will be the center of the
ballpark. A fresh, new American Flag will be displayed surrounded by six freestanding panels
where visitors are invited and encouraged to write recollections, thoughts, verse, or any tribute
they wish to share. Panels and markers will be provided and replaced as needed. Visitors are
free to leave mementoes, flowers, or other tributes. This collection will be archived by the
Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center as part of Alexander County history, with possible submission
to the 9-11 Memorial Museum in New York City.
Visiting hours are at any time during that week, but evening hours will be of special significance.
Each evening from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. the memorial will be lighted and music composed by
various musical artists, post 9-11 will be played via sound system in the park. Also included will
be segments of addresses to the nation by then President, George W. Bush. As this is a
memorial, visitors will be asked to enter, visit, and exit quietly and respectfully.
During the evening hours, an invitation is extended to volunteers who wish to be present as a
host/hostess of the Memorial. Times and dates to sign up may be directed to Allison Houchins
at allison@hiddenitearts.org or at her office at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center at 828-
632-6966.


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