Frisco dedicates 'Freedom Meadow' honoring 9/11 victims

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by SHON GABLES

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Posted on September 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM

FRISCO — Citizens throughout Frisco are invited to a remembrance service honoring those who died as a result of the terrorist attacks ten years ago on September 11.

Sunday evening at 6 o'clock, the faithful will gather outside Freedom Meadow, a stone monument erected in honor of 9/11 heroes.

Freedom Meadow is located at the Warren Sports Complex, 7599 Eldorado Parkway in North Frisco.

Assistant Police Chief John Bruce will lead the Pledge of Allegiance as scouts, police officers and firefighters present the colors.

Frisco ISD student Ellora Lattin will perform the national anthem. "I'm real excited," she said during an appearance on News 8 Daybreak. "I was five when the attacks happened, and I don't remember much, but in the decade since the tragedy, my life has changed; I am a better person because of it."

A memorial wreath will be laid at the Freedom Meadow monument by Mayor Maher Maso, who will also share words of remembrance.

Frisco Garden Club President Donna Schmittler will also share her recollections as a volunteer following 9/11, as she was in Manhattan as a volunteer to sit with families in the days after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center.

"This is a day we should never forget," Schmittler said. "Attending this event is a way to show survivors we care."

The Frisco Garden Club will also provide attendees with a cup of wildflower seeds to scatter in memory of those who died on 9/11.

The Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation provided the two memorial benches honoring the memory of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas. She was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001 after passengers intervened to try and stop the hijackers.

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