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Updated Sep 11, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Overlooked 9/11 memorial deserves recognition

On Sept. 11, we remember. With ceremonies, lowered flags and an overall somber mood, we remember the lives lost that day.

In Arizona, of course, we especially remember Pat Tillman.

In Pennsylvania, people gather where Flight 93, which terrorists had bound for the Capitol, went down. And in Washington, despite those who still don't believe it was an act of terror, those who died when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon are remembered.

So many places we remember. We remind ourselves to never forget.

But as grand as some memorials are, there is one that I think deserves some special recognition.

I found it by accident a few years ago when I was on a family trip to New York City.

It's at the American Express building across the street from ground zero. It's called "Eleven Tears" and was designed by Ken Smith. It's open to the public, if you know where to look.

It has 11 sides, for the 11 American Express employees who died that day. It's a granite pool, with a 600-pound crystal above it that drips water, like tears, into a display. The display has the names of the 11, plus a little bit about each one of them.

It's peaceful. And probably doesn't get nearly the attention the other memorials do.

But I'm glad I found it.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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