9/11 memorial finds home on OBX
By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on August 31, 2021
Tribute stands outside the Ghost Fleet Gallery
It was during a class discussion last semester that international sculptor and professor of sculpture at the University of East Carolina, Hanna Jubran, realized that her students knew very little about the attacks. terrorists of September 11, 2001. It was then that he knew it was time to use his talent to create a memorial to remember that tragic day.
“I always wanted to make a memorial for 9/11, a memorial to commemorate that moment in history when these innocent people were viciously killed by terrorists,” Jubran told The Voice in an interview. . The class discussion really sparked in my mind that I have to commemorate this, I have to let the audience know.
Jubran, who, along with his wife Jodi Hollnagel Jubran, teamed up with Outer Banks artists and longtime friends Glenn and Pat Eure in 2003 to create the ‘Century of Flight Monument’ to Kitty Hawk, knew exactly the place for such a memorial – outside the Ghost Fleet Gallery of the Eures at Nags Head.
After getting the green light from Pat Eure, Jubran set out to create the stainless steel and bronze sculpture titled “Always Remember 11/9/2001” at his home studio near Greenville. The memorial was erected outside the gallery on August 18. Jubran says a memorial ceremony will be held at the memorial site on September 11.
At 15 feet, its design is based on the Twin Towers with punched holes that represent victims. Jubran explained that the two I-beams also represent the number 11 and the 9 bronze medallions as 9-11. Four of the bronze medallions, he noted, commemorate the four flights at the time of impact and the other medallions represent the voices and words of the chilling conversations of the victims and their family members and the fear of the unknown.
“A medallion represents a moment of silence, a moment of the first crash in the tower and cries of horror,” Jubran explains. “Hands cast in bronze reach out as victims float through space and try to unite with each other and atop the towers is the globe representing the World Trade Center and Global Unity Against Terrorism.” . “
“I will always remember September 11, 2001 as one of the saddest times and the worst terrorist attacks in American history, a time of anguish and defeat of the human spirit by the terrorist attack using and crushing four planes with their passengers and crew in the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Somerset County, Penn. ”Jubran said, noting that the victims included 2,977 US citizens and 372 foreign nationals from 61 countries.
Jubran said the memorial is the result of “twenty years of living with that horrific memory of a moment that kept triggering sad moments, remembering and watching the victims jump from the Twin Towers, hearing voices in airplanes and listening to their conversations with their families and their phone messages.
Pat Eure told The Voice that the gallery and Jubran “join so many people who want to tell the families and loved ones of these heroes,“ We remember. ”And I’m sure those who see it will be moved, as me.
Of her husband, Glenn Eure, who died in 2018, Pat wrote in a Facebook post that he “would have been honored that Hanna Jubran had chosen the Gallery as the site for this extraordinary work of such significance. Hanna speaks for many of us in what he created and, at the same time, calls us into our own silences.
“With this memorial, I honor the victims and their families. A moment to remember, reflect and promise never to forget this tragic event and to try to teach new generations freedom, liberty and respect for our democracy, ”said Jubran.
Placing the memorial at the Ghost Fleet Gallery, he added, “I hope to reach out to all visitors from across the country and foreign nationals to the Outer Banks and remind them of their freedom, but also educate all new generations.”
The memorial was installed with the help of Ben Cahoon & Kasten Architects, Judd Snapp and David and Sharon Whitehurst, who helped with the installation as well as Jeb Walker Hedgecock, who helped with the molding and printing.