A silent night at an Eastside World Trade Center memorial

News that Osama bin Laden had been killed brought out big crowds tonight in Lower Manhattan and Washington D.C.  But there was only the sound of chirping crickets and passing cars on Stadium Way at one of Los Angeles’ largest  9/11 monuments, a 23-ton chunk of the World Trade Center that sits behind gates in front of the  Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center near Dodger Stadium. The approximately 22-foot-high steel column that resembles a giant trident was dedicated in 2003 in memory of the 343 firefighters who perished in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center  orchestrated by Bin Laden.

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  1. I’m surprised there weren’t huge crowds at one of Los Angeles’ largest 9/11 monuments in front of the gated Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center near Dodger Stadium. You would assume that everyone would naturally gravitate to such a well known monument when they were drunk and ready to scream “USA” for several hours.

  2. I think that there would have been a huge crowd if the news had came in a little early, Some people didn’t hear about it until later than 10pm. But i am sure everyone was there in spirit and glad that there was finally justice. There will be at least some closure for the the families that where affected by the tragedy of September 11. If you missed the President’s speech to the nation, watch the clip : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-N3dJvhgPg&feature=player_embedded

  3. Interesting post. We just walked by the memorial yesterday and all I could think about are those silly little planters someone had to stick next to it to “soften it up”.

  4. Sitting at my desk shortly after Obama’s announcement, I found the stillness of the evening punctuated for a few minutes by the occasional jubilant cheer filtering in through the window from somewhere out there.

  5. Why are you surprised no one went to that memorial. It is basically an unknown memorial. Few people know of it. It was never a big headline or general knowledge about town. It is not anywhere in the center of things. There is no way to tell when driving by what it is — no sign or anything declaring what it is, so many people think it is just some artist sculpture.

  6. I thought it was a menorah.

  7. People can’t walk to converge on to anything in LA. NYC you walk out of your apartment and you’re in it. DC, the same. You step out of your place in LA and you realize you have a five mile walk ahead of you. You think for a second about if parking can actually happen, then you just walk back inside and put the tv back on.

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