HOUSTON- “Fifteen years ago in an instant, our world changed forever. Terrorist hijacked 4 passenger planes and rammed two into New York City’s World Trade Center, and a third into the Pentagon, outside Washington. A fourth jetliner crash landed on an empty field in Pennsylvania. By the time it was over the hijackers had killed 2, 977 people in the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Each one of those persons had a name, and each one of those persons had a family" said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at a gathering in Downtown Houston at Market Square Park.
The Park is home to Lauren’s Garden, named after Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, who was 38 years old, pregnant and aboard Flight 93 when it crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“Lauren was a maverick. She was a middle daughter, and if you’ve ever had a middle daughter, you know exactly what I’m talking about. She did everything her way" said her father, Lawrence Catuzzi.
Lauren’s Garden is a beautiful, tranquil tribute to all who died in the 9/11 attack. “I’ve always made note that that was the only victory of that day. When 40 passengers and crew brought that plane down in Pennsylvania” said Catuzzi. A victory yes, but 15 years later, still such a staggering loss.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was on hand to present Lauren's parents with a flag that has been flown over the United States Capitol in honor of their daughter. "She is an American hero” stated Jackson Lee. And one of many reasons why we will never forget.