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To Lift A Nation - OU008D

 September 11 Memorial

Hidden by  DudleyGrunt

N 39° 41.655' W 77° 19.593' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Maryland
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 11 September 2010
 Date Created: 05 September 2010
 Last Modified: 01 October 2010
 Waypoint: OU008D


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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Wheelchair Access Historic Site Limited Hours Listed on OCNA Only 

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A memorial to the importance of Civil Defense and Emergency Management in defending our freedoms at home. This virtual cache is located at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park in Emmitsburg, MD.

IMPORTANT: The park is located on the campus of the National Fire Academy, which is a controlled access federal property. Access will be restricted if the Terror Alert Level is raised to Orange (Severe) or higher. Upon arrival, you will need to show ID and may be subject to a random vehicle search. Be sure to view the preceding link for further information prior to your visit. When you arrive, let them know you are there for the Memorial Park, which is available from dawn to dusk.

As of September 2010, work is being done in the ground immediately around the memorial, but it is open for viewing.

On November 5, 2007 a monument, recreating the famous photo of 3 firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero was dedicated. The memorial honors the sacrifice of the firefighters who died on September 11, 2001.

This 40-foot-tall bronze monument, named "To Lift a Nation," was created by sculptor Stan Watts to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001.

The three-times life-size statue, recreates the now-famous photo taken by Thomas E. Franklin, a photographer for the Bergen Record, who captured the image of three firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero.

"The monument and its flag are symbols of hope and courage for a nation deeply impacted by this tragedy," Watts said. "It honors a moment in the history of our country and reminds us of the bravery and sacrifice made by our firefighters and by thousands of citizens, from all walks of life, who selflessly serve humankind in times of need."

The monument stands 40 feet high, six feet deep and eight feet wide. Each of the three firefighter's statues weigh more than 5,000 pounds and were formed from approximately 160 bronze sections weighing between 60-to-80 pounds each.

From inscription on marker:
Three firemen raised a flag at ground zero in silent tribute to those brave firefighters who answered the call. This noble flag is raised permanently in honor of those heroes and all who serve this great nation. May God continue to bless America!  Sculptor: Stan Watts.

Work is now under way to expand the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park. A brick Walk of Honor winds through the beautiful campus,and will connect the new monument to the historic National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Dedication Ceremony Photos


1. Please post a photo of the memorial or some aspect of it with your log.

2. Log Password - When facing the memorial (from the front), look to your right. You will see a yellow pipe with an orange cap. The password is the 8 letter vertical word on the front, followed by the 3 character ID number the left side (letter-number-number). Enter the password in ALL CAPS with no dashes or spaces.

3. In order to log a find, you need to have visited the spot indicated.

As of the time of this listing, you will also have the opportunity to log other virtuals (on multiple sites) and a waymark while you are here.

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Additional Waypoints

 Symbol   Type   Coordinates  Description
Interesting PlaceN 39° 41.770'
W 77° 19.810'
 ENTRANCE - I had trouble navigating to the site when I visited, so thought this would be helpful. 




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1 29 May 2016 Mr.Yuck Found it

Ah yes, a classic American scene. Second stop on my tour of the grounds after the Firefighters Memorial. Mrs.Yuck is 5'2", so you can see how big and impressive these figures are. Thanks for the cache!
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1 11 August 2014 Johmer and Tinks Found it

Very moving memorial that I admire every time I'm here on campus. Thanks for hosting this virtual. 
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Firefighter memorial
Firefighter memorial

1 29 February 2012 obxgeek Found it

02/29/2012 12:20 Found: I had no idea that I was an open caching cache when I picked it up. I was here to get the Fallen figherfigher's memorial cache to fill in a month in my jasmer challenge grid and figured I would pick these up while I was here. Though the downside is that I didn't bring my camera today as I didn't plan on needing it and I had left my phone in the car so after getting the information to claim the cache I ran back to the car and grabbed it and snapped a picture at the firefighter memorial as it was closest to the parking. At this point I was 20 minutes late for the start of the leaping lunch event and by the time I got the last cache and had went back to the car to get the camera for the pictures my nuvi was telling me that I would be arriving at the event 10 minutes after the posted end time so I didn't take the time to go back out to each of the other memorials to take individual pictures. This memorial though really hits close to home because my dad was a volunteer fire fighter for around 30 years until he had heart issues that prohibit him from being able to go into the fire but he still serves on the fire police for the fire company in my home town. My brother in law as well as all of his brothers are memebers of the fire company also so there were many times that the wives and the families would end up together while the fire company was out on a long hard call sending as much positive thoughts as we could to them so that they would all come home safe and sound.
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1 23 July 2011 sfcchaz Found it

Smile FTF Smile 10:10 AM.

I was in the area and wanted to stop by here to visit this location. This is a very nice memorial. Thanks for bringing me here to see it.

I think today may have been the first time I've logged finds in 4 different listing services., Navicache, Terracaching and Groundspeak.

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sfcchaz at To Lift A Nation
sfcchaz at To Lift A Nation