Honoring the Victims.
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Corey Gammel and The United in Memory9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt Organization commissioned this song from Cher & Gene Klosner and their Upon This Rock Choir in 2002. Follow this link for a free download.
In Memory 9-11 Victims Memorial Quilt™: A Legacy
11, 2001 will forever be remembered as the day when terrorist
attacks inflicted the costliest tragedy ever on American
soil. On this horrific day, not only did we loose over
300 heroic firefighters and many police officers, including
military personnel but we also lost grandparents, parents,
sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters,
and friends. Our nation and the entire world mourned
on the insurmountable loss of thousands of lives at the
World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville,
Pennsylvania. We devoutly grieved with the bereaved families
on the loss of their loved ones and shared in the pain
inflicted upon us by this act of man's "inhumanity
Weeks following the attacks, Long Beach, California residents Corey Gammel and Peter Marquez, experienced "first hand" the eeriness of Ground Zero, where the WTC twin towers once stood. Corey's feelings were poignantly expressed when he stated, "The images that you see on television, on the Internet, and in pictures cannot compare to being confronted with it in person. Being there, smelling the smoldering remains and seeing the pile of rubble was unbelievable." Realizing that people were terribly saddened by these events, Corey and Peter felt that people needed a balm of healing to soothe their wounded spirits. Corey, thus, envisioned making a Quilt similar to the world-famous AIDS Quilt. So, after returning from New York City, Corey and Peter founded the United In Memory Memorial Quilt Inc, an all-volunteer "Grass Roots"organization, whose goal was to create a truly wonderful and beautiful Memorial Quilt that would serve as a lasting tribute to all those who died on 9/11.
After creating the United In Memory website, we invited people to participate
in the creation of this wonderful memorial by making a memorial block dedicated
to the memory of a victim that was killed on 9/11. It is said that "Love
is sharing and is the most wonderful reason for giving."
People visiting our website expressed their support surely with a lot of love
and a lot of giving. Through the power of the Internet, our appeal for help
reverberated not only across California and the United States but also across
the globe --- from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and Japan
to France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, and the United
Kingdom, to name a few. It took a couple of months to get the word out; but
it didn't take long before volunteers started sending in their pieces of fabric
that told stories, showed pictures, and held a lot of memories about the individual
victims. Volunteers worldwide (a total of 18 countries) contributed individual
blocks personally and uniquely designed to honor all those who perished on
With hundreds of blocks already received from these wonderful volunteers, Corey
called for help in the enormous task of assembling the blocks together to create
wonderful panels that would comprise this magnificent Quilt. So, in the early
part of May 2002, we started our first quilt workshop, which was held inside
three small classrooms at the Paramount High School in Paramount, California.
At this workshop, a core of about 40 women volunteers, headed by Carol Allison
of Cerritos and who are all experienced quilters in their own right, responded
to Corey's call for help and even volunteered their ideas on how to proceed
with this enormous task.
Then, from June 1, 2002 and every Saturday thereafter, the United In Memory
Quilt workshop (often referred to as "Quilting 101") became the main
event inside the foyer of the Long Beach World Trade Center downtown Long Beach.
Hundreds of women, men, and children from the Long Beach area and neighboring
Beach cities as far south as San Diego and as far north as the Bay area became
involved in this gigantic quilt workshop. Assembling the blocks together, ironing
the muslin fabric, sewing the blocks to create the 10-1/2' x 10-1/2' panels.
Tying the knots together, happily, oftentimes passionately, and under sweltering
heat (thanks for electric fans!) inside the World Trade Center. Quilting workshops
were also held on Wednesday nights inside the Clubhouse of Leisure World in
Seal Beach and at the home of Carol Allison in Cerritos.
The summer of 2002 will forever be etched in the minds of all the block-makers
and volunteers as a commemorative event. They were able to share their spirit
of camaraderie, dedication, and volunteerism with hundreds of fellow block-makers
and volunteers in the creation of a truly magnificent Quilt to honor all the
victims of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Truly, the United In Memory Quilt
has lived up to its standard of "honoring the victims and comforting the
The finished Quilt consists of 142 individual quilts or panels, each measuring
10-1/2' x 10-1/2'. Each panel is comprised of 25 blocks, each block measuring
18" x 18" and dedicated to each and every victim of the World Trade
Center Towers 1 & 2, the Pentagon, and the passengers and crew members
of American Airlines Flights 11 and 77, and United Airlines Flights 93 and
175. The total square footage of the quilt is more than 15,500 and if all 142
panels were laid end to end, the quilt would stretch more than a quarter of
a mile. That is more than 5 football fields in length and nearly 300 feet longer
than the WTC tower was tall.
The United In Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt is currently making tours
around the country until a permanent home can be found. We would like the entire
quilt to be on permanent display somewhere in New York or Washington, DC in
Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit of the history of the United
In Memory Quilt.