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Sowing the seeds of friendship and peace

In one of Manhattan’s most historic squares, Hanover Square, just three blocks south of Ground Zero, is a New York City park. It’s not just any park though. It’s a gift from the Anglo-American community and its friends to New York City and its people.

The dignified memorial is called The Queen Elizabeth II Garden.

The mission of the space is to develop and maintain a showplace garden in New York reflecting the long history, shared friendship and common causes and sacrifices of the peoples of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the United States of America. With the motto "Reflect, Remember, Rebuild.", the Garden celebrates the strong ties of the past and present, the hope for unity in the future and a promise never to forget those whom we have lost along the way.

On 6 July 2010, The Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York welcomed HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh to the Garden, where they met the families of the British victims of the September 11th attacks and officially opened the Garden. In August 2011, the purpose of the Garden was expanded to honour victims from the Commonwealth nations. Canada and Australia were the first to join.

The multi-million dollar capital improvement project has been funded through donations from foundations, individuals and corporations of which Aberdeen Asset Management is one. Aberdeen gifted a granite stone from the heart of Royal Deeside in Scotland to the garden. The granite stone replicates the 22 to 26 pound “Braemar” stone which is thrown at Highland Games across Scotland and the world. The stone is supported by a specially carved limestone pyramid plinth which shows the distance from New York City to Aberdeen, Scotland – 3,281 miles.

Standing strong

The past year has again shown the Garden’s resilience to all conditions. The recovery from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy has been remarkable and the Garden has rebounded to look better and more popular than ever.

Whatever the season, it is a busy and bustling place in a vibrant community that is ever-increasing.

Whatever the season, it is a busy and bustling place in a vibrant community that is ever-increasing.

Downtown New York is becoming a place for people of all generations to move and meet. New restaurants open up daily and having a beautiful City Park for visitors, office workers and residents alike to enjoy has radically transformed what was once a shady jungle of concrete canyons and a dark deserted place at night.

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