America Remembers: Honoring Houston victim

HOUSTON - A special ceremony was held Tuesday at a site named after a Houstonian who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Houstonian Lauren Catuzzi was on United flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pa.

The memorial for the victims was held at Lauren's Garden in Market Square Park on Congress Avenue.

Lauren Catuzzi's parents, Barbara and Larry Catuzzi, established the downtown garden in honor of their daughter, and also in remembrance of all the victims of the fatal attacks by al Qaida.

"This garden was built to honor all the victims of 9/11. We named it Lauren's Garden because Lauren was a Houstonian, the only one, and a Texan," said Larry Catuzzi, Lauren's father. "Lauren was a maverick daughter. She was a middle girl. Her motto ran 100 mph, whatever there was out there to do, Lauren normally got involved. She was very ambitious."

The garden includes 40 yellow roses that honor the people who died on Lauren Catuzzi's flight.

"Hopefully you'll sit in this garden and reflect on what happened that day," Larry Catuzzi said. "My daughter was on a flight that that knew, they knew at the time it was bound for Washington and maybe the White House and maybe the Capital, and they took it upon themselves to fight the terrorists and take the plane down," Catuzzi said. "We think about her every day."

Houston Mayor Annise Parker said Sept. 11, 2001, is a day no one will forget.

"We come together not because we cannot forget. We come together every year because we choose to remember," she said.

Memorials are being held around the country to honor those who died when terrorists hijacked four planes. Two crashed into the World Trade Center. One crashed into the Pentagon and one crashed in Pennsylvania on its way to Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 victims died in the attacks.

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