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Building A Memorial

The design and construction of a memorial, following a tragic event, can be a huge challenge for any community. Read about the complex issues surrounding other memorials around the world, including the Pentagon 9/11 memorial.

Pentagon Memorial

Five years after September 11, 2001, memorials have been designed for each of the three sites where terrorists attacked American soil. The World Trade Center memorial in Lower Manhattan is scheduled for completion in September 2009. The memorial for United Airlines Flight 93, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, will not be complete until September 2011.

But at the site of the attack on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, groundbreaking has taken place and construction is underway for a memorial to honor the 184 people who lost their lives on September 11. If all goes according to plan, the Pentagon memorial will be the first of the three to be completed — in September 2008.

Read about the process of creating the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon.

Halabja Memorial

Around the world, the process of creating a memorial in response to the terrorism, violence, and genocide of today's world can be a daunting task, especially in building consensus and raising the necessary funds.

In the northern Iraqi town of Halabja, a memorial opened in 2003 to honor the victims of the 1988 gas attack by Saddam Hussein's army. In recent years, the Halabja memorial has become controversial, drawing criticism from many residents of the town.

Read about the controversy surrounding the memorial in Halabja.

Mostar Bridge

In Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a 16th century bridge representing the nation's cultural diversity was destroyed in the 1992-1995 war between Bosnian Muslims, Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs. It took several years to garner local and international support for the reconstruction of this symbolic bridge.

Read about the efforts to rebuild the famous bridge in Mostar.

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Image credits: KBAS; Halabja Monument; Amir Pasic, Celebrating Mostar | Published on: August 28, 2006