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The public is invited to gather at the Arkansas 9/11 Memorial to honor first responders and memorialize those killed in the September 11, 2001 attack. We will remember the passage of 20 years since the day that changed our lives forever.

Date:  Saturday, September 11, 2021

Place:  El Dorado Conference Center, south lawn
            300 South West Avenue, El Dorado, Arkansas
            At the Outdoor Expo

Time:  9:30 a.m.

Welcome - Dr. Bentley Wallace, SouthArk President
Posting of the Colors 
Pledge of Allegiance & National Anthem
Invocation - Reverend Robert Wetherington, El Dorado Fire Department Chaplain
History of the 9/11 Memorial - Dr. Sterling Claypoole, Arkansas State Police
Patriotic Song Medley – Led by Greg Oden, El Dorado High School Choir Director
Honor Guard Presentation – Arkansas Honor Guard Team
Prayer for the Fallen – Dr. Sterling Claypoole
Conclusion – Dr. Bentley Wallace

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the people of the United States of America witnessed unprecedented terroristic actions against ourselves and our loved ones as four commercial U.S. jetliners were hijacked and used as assault weapons, intentionally targeting key U.S. buildings and the inhabitants within.  

The planes were directed toward and flown into the north and south towers of the world trade center in New York City, and into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia.  The remaining plane crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania after its crew and passengers courageously attempted to regain control of the aircraft.

Loss of life and destruction was sudden and great.

This monument stands in memory and appreciation of the nearly 3,000 people who perished following the September 11 attacks, many in the line of service as they attempted to rescue and aid their fellow Americans.

Four called Arkansas home.

Total loss of life: 2,977.

2,303 individuals died at the WTC site, NYC
125 individuals died at the Pentagon
246 individuals died while on the four planes

Many first responders and emergency crews perished.



History of the 9/11 Memorial

The Arkansas 9.11 Memorial is not a monument that is intended to be looked atThe Arkansas 9.11 Memorial is not a monument that is intended to be looked at and admired from afar. It is designed to be touched, walked under, stood within, and experienced from multiple vantage points. It is meant to tell a story, and physically represents the memory of the tragic events that unfolded as our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001. Its stoic simplicity silently reminds the viewer of the strength and seriousness of our nation’s promise that we will not forget the fallen loved ones, friends, and neighbors who died that day.


The floor plan of the monument area is organized into four distinct zones. At one end of the bar lies a piece of twisted steel that was recovered from World TradeCenter Tower 1, which rests under the open sky atop a low granite pedestal. It is placed to be touched by children and adults alike and serves as a tactile, physical artifact of the destructive power that rocked our nation and took thousands of lives.


A second section of the monument is enclosed with two granite walls and a granite second section of the monument is enclosed with two granite walls and a granite ceiling and stands in memory of the four Arkansans who died on 9-11. Covering this section provides a sense of enclosure, and alludes to our state protecting the memory, especially, of our own fallen loved ones. Each Arkansan’s name will be listed on the granite wall, along with their birthplace and the event that took their life. An opening in the opposite wall of this second piece faces toward the northeast, framing and directing the viewer’s vision back towards Manhattan, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania-- where these four individuals spent their last minutes.  The monument plan is angled to allow for the directional view within the second section, creating an interesting and subtle rotation that contrasts with the highly ordered, axial campus layout. The monument stands out as something purposefully different and special in its highly ordered site.


The third monument component is a solitary granite slab, standing as a storyboard with text, quotes, and information about the September 11 attacks.


The last piece of the monument is a solitary flagpole, opposite to the twisting steel--The last piece of the monument is a solitary flagpole, opposite to the twisting steel--a unifying anchor representing the oneness of our nation’s people during this timeof tragedy.


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