The Ackerman Center (Ackerman Middle School) is located in Canby, Oregon. Within the grounds is a small peace garden which was conceived during the summer of 2002 when students spent their summer vacation obtaining a piece of steel from the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 attacks. They initially sent 1,800 letters to President George W. Bush & NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg but were turned down, however w/ the aid of Oregon House of Representative Darlene Hooley, they eventually obtained an 18-inch I-beam steel from the Twin Towers as well as a fragment of red granite from 7 World Trade Center which had also collapsed that day. The beam sits here on display directly above a time capsule that is scheduled to be opened on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. From 2001 to 2016, over 2,600 pieces of steel have been auctioned off around the US & the world. Memorials are found in all 50 States, many of them at the entrances to fire stations in various cities & towns. The US Flag is currently at half staff for 30 consecutive days following the passing of President George Bush senior.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.