Earlier this week, I found myself wandering around Grosvenor Square in the upscale Mayfair district of London. Grosvenor Square has strong historical ties to the United States – it was there that John Adams first established an American diplomatic presence in London in the 1780s, and the American embassy now sits on its western edge. Several statues of American leaders grace the park that makes up the inside of the square. Older statues of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eisenhower were recently joined by a statue of Ronald Reagan, unveiled in July as part of the Reagan centennial celebrations.
On the opposite end of the square from the embassy sits a beautiful September 11 memorial garden, dedicated on Sept. 11, 2003. This garden includes a wall engraved with the names of British citizens killed in the attacks, and a row of wooden benches beneath a vine-and-flower-covered trellis. The scene allows a quiet sanctuary for private reflection.
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