U.S Navy Sailors assigned to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Puget Sound participated in a beautification project at the Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor’s 9/11 Memorial Park.
The 9/11 Memorial Park was dedicated to the base on Nov. 10, 2005. The park displays silver plaques with a list of those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.
“It’s important to keep this park looking beautiful because it represents what America has been through. Everyone who visits this park can take a minute to reflect and pay tribute to those who lost their lives.”, said Chief Air Traffic Controller (AW/SW) Christopher L. Switzer, legal department head TPU Puget Sound.
Service members cleared out overgrown weeds and garden mulch. Sailors also picked up trash and repainted the gazebo, which shelters a sculpture designed by Joe Powers.
The monument displayed is a bronze metal statue of an eagle perched on a tree branch with a flag prominently displayed. According to Joe Powers, local metal sculptor, the sculpture represents America’s strength and fairness. The name of his piece is titled “With Liberty and Justice for All.”
“This park is a symbol and a tribute to those who lost their lives. Each week Sailors assigned to TPU come here to keep the park looking good for visitors, and the park is a reminder for all of us to remember 9/11.”, said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Brad Jenson, TPU volunteer coordinator.