On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people died in the unprecedented attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on the four planes commandeered by terrorists. The Prince William area lost the most people of any region in the metro area, 22 in all.
Located between the Prince William Parkway and James J. McCoart Administration Building, the Liberty Memorial was dedicated on May 9, 2006, to honor those who died on 9/11. The shape of the reflecting pool and walkway recall the 184 lost at the Pentagon. The single stone to the left of that plaque is an original limestone block from the collapsed portion of the Pentagon. The two columns of water represent the 2,749 lost at the World Trade Center in New York City. The stone that encircles the fountain is Pennsylvania flagstone, a tribute to the 40 lives lost in Pennsylvania. The flag pole standing at the Liberty Memorial is the flag pole that James T. Lynch, Jr., who was killed during the attack on the Pentagon, erected at his home in Prince William County. Etched into the sides of the reflecting pool are the names of those from Prince William County who died in the attacks that fateful day. The names are:
- Sergeant First Class John J. Chada, U.S. Army, Retired
- Petty Officer Third Class Jamie L. Fallon, U.S. Navy
- Amelia V. Fields
- Lt. Col. Robert J. Hymel, U.S. Air Force, Retired
- Sergeant Major Lacey B. Ivory, U.S. Army
- Judith L. Jones
- David W. Laychak
- James T. Lynch, Jr.
- Gene E. Maloy
- Robert J. Maxwell
- Molly L. McKenzie
- Craig J. Miller
- Diana B. Padro
- Rhonda S. Rasmussen
- Edward V. Rowenhorst
- Judy Rowlett
- Donald D. Simmons
- Jeff L. Simpson
- Cheryle D. Sincock
- Chief Information Systems Technician Gregg H. Smallwood, U.S. Navy
- Sergeant Major Larry L. Strickland, U.S. Army
- Sandra L. White
World Trade Center Steel Beams Sculpture
In May 2011, the New York Port Authority in New York and New Jersey signed an agreement granting Prince William County four pieces of steel from the towers which were destroyed in the terrorist attacks on 9-11. A design contest was held, and after extensive conservation of the beams, the winning design was dedicated in 2013. The monument consists of three beams leaning together at angles that rise to 22 feet and depicts the chaos of the fallen towers. A fourth beam stands upright, apart from the others, to testify to the certainty of American resilience. The sculpture is located between the James J. McCoart Administration Building and the Liberty Memorial.
The Prince William County Gold Star Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1992 to recognize those from our County who gave their lives during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial is located next to the Liberty Memorial, between the Prince William Parkway and James J. McCoart Administration Building.
Blue Star Garden
The Blue Star Garden Memorial Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services. The Blue Star became an icon in World War II, and this program began with the planting of trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. It now pays tribute to all who serve, did serve or will serve in the armed services of the United States. The small garden and marker in Prince William County is located next to the War Memorial.