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Living Memorials Project

The site, across the manmade lake, prior to creation of the memorial.
The site, across the manmade lake, prior to creation of the memorial.
Existing memorial tree on the site.
Existing memorial tree on the site.

Eisenhower Park American Patriot Garden

Purpose

Banks said, “with the impact that the September 11th tragedy has had on Nassau County Residents, we would like to identify a site in Eisenhower Park to recognize our citizens lost and those who spent tireless hours working on a feat of common humanity....our hopes are that through a landscape design of tree plantings, woody landscape materials, and perennials we can offer a place for contemplation and healing to anyone that would like or need that comfort. Additionally the garden project would be able to restore a sense of pride in what and how we overcome such a tragedy, and renew a spirit within our community to continue to work together to preserve our freedom.”

Reason site was selected

"Eisenhower Park,” Banks said, “is centrally located within Nassau County and easily accessible to the residents throughout the county. The area within the park we would like to offer is at the north end of the lake. We feel this is an ideal spot for such a garden. Adjacent to this area are the Veterans Memorial Garden and Tree Plantings.

Events planned for site

The gardening project is based on community participation, they are considering holding a benefit concert at this site, and will update us as new events occur. They plan to involve local fraternal organizations, garden groups, corporations, and private sector participants.

Do you believe your memorial is a sacred place?

  • Sponsored by Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums; Lower Hudson-Long Island Resource Conservation and Development Council; USDA Forest Service
  • Site maintained by Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums
  • Project website contact http://www.co.nassau.ny.us/parks.html
  • Project email contact Doreen.Banks@mail.co.nassau.ny.us
  • Address Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums, Eisenhower Park
  • City, State, ZIP East Meadow, New York  11554
  • County Nassau
  • Dedication Sep. 11, 2003
  • Status Proposed and permanent
  • Artwork 
  • Public access yes
  • Public events yes
  • Sq. Foot tbd
  • Acreage tbd
  • Number & Species of Trees None: According to Nassau County Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Doreen Banks, "our hopes are that through a landscape design of tree plantings, woody landscape materials, and perennials we can offer a place for contemplation and healing to anyone that would like or need that comfort." Tree species and number will be selected as the memorial develops.
  • This project is best described as a Park
  • This project is unique because of the 
  • Project Sponsors and Participants
  • Is the community involved? yes
  • Project was initiated by Government Agency
  • Land is owned by City
  • Type of participants Staff and Volunteers
  • Number of people involved 10 - 20
  • Percent of those involved who are volunteers 25% to 50%
  • Are people expected to stay involved? 
  • For more information contact  http://www.co.nassau.ny.us/parks.html, Doreen.Banks@mail.co.nassau.ny.us

Memorial Updates

How has the memorial changed?

Since its inception, the memorial has been completed with a sculpture made from WTC remnant steel, fountain, plaques detailing trades organizations and community members that contributed to the building of the memorial, and a sculpture representing the WTC. A survivor tree has also been planted.

Describe the events onsite

Annual 9/11 memorial service the week of 9/11

What is growing on the site?

  • Annuals such as impatiens and salvia
  • arbor vitae (Thuja spp.)
  • sweet potato
  • grass lawn

What are you most proud of and what are your hopes for the future of the site?

Frank Camerlango, of Nassau County Parks, wasn’t on staff at the time the memorial was created, but his hopes for the future of the site are to maintain it as well as it is today.

Do you believe that this is a sacred space?

Frank Camerlango said, “absolutely, it's our memorial.”