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Mooney's Liberty Garden Featured on HuffPost

The tribute to the tragedy of 9/11 features a bench with the words, "“09-11-01 – We Shall Never Forget.”

Nestled against Celera Creek, which cuts through a large piece of oceanfront commercial land vacant for 28 years, is Mike Mooney’s Liberty Garden.

Mooney, an Irish immigrant born more than 80 years ago in Dublin, bought and installed a garden bench (pictured) as a 9/11 memorial. It is engraved with the words “09-11-01 – We Shall Never Forget.”

The memorial is Mooney’s way of dealing with the grief he and the community felt following the terrorist attacks. Perhaps more remarkable than Mooney’s bench is the garden that gradually grew around it.

Fountain bush, hens and chicks, rose campion, silky thread grass and other plants cluster near a stone-embedded American flag, another symbol that honors the dead and memorializes one of the worst tragedies in American history. Pacifica volunteers, mainly from the Pacifica Garden Club, have planted everything around the memorial.

Although beautiful, the site serves as a target for vandals and thieves. Still, a paper sign mounted on wire reads “Plant Stealers Have No Shame” and Pacifica’s Liberty Garden continues to grow in proud defiance.

Today, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the above photo and story are featured on the Huffington Post. To find Pacifica's Liberty Garden, go to the story, which features hundreds of memories from 9/11 from around the country, and click on the 26th dot from the left in the photo browser. Mooney's garden will be at the top, second from the right.

Lynn V. September 12, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Thank you Mike Mooney for your persistence, commitment, dedication, and love of our country and citizens. God bless you for your efforts! I only moved to Pacifica three weeks ago, but if I had known about the vigil I would have been there. On 9/11/01, I was living in CT and had many former clients in the World Trade Center. The horror, shock, grief, and anger that something so horrific happened on our soil (much like the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995) will be etched in my memory forever. We must NEVER forget 9/11/01, for if we ignore or forget the past we are doomed to repeat it. Again, blessings to you Mike Mooney. Lynn V. CapeCodFreeByrd@gmail.com

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