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Quiet Day at Austin's 9/11 Memorial

A small US flag was placed at the base of Austin's 9/11 memorial.
Photo by Liang Shi for KUT News
A small US flag was placed at the base of Austin's 9/11 memorial.

Did you know that Austin has a monument to the Texans who died in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the Texas soldiers who perished in the war in Afghanistan? It sits on the grounds of the Texas State Cemetery on E. 7th St. The memorial was commissioned by Governor Rick Perry on the first anniversary of the attacks, and it was unveiled on September 11, 2003, according to the Texas State Cemetery's website.While people around the world and in Austin flocked to social media to share their opinions about the death of Osama bin Laden, Austin's only physical monument to the Texas victims of the terror attacks Osama claimed to have orchestrated was desolate.

At the noon hour today, a few reporters milled about, looking for interviews. But someone had placed a small US flag at the base of the memorial, perhaps in acknowledgement of the US killing bin Laden's this weekend.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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