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Special Note - The Americana Stars Memorial had a crowdfunding campaign on INDIEGOGO from August 1 through October 1, 2014. The easiest way to get to know about this mural is to click on the INDIEGOGO button on the next line. Thank you!
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Graphic representation of a completed panel. Click the stars to see the full panel.

Hi. My name is Doreen Lynn Saunders. I am creating The Americana Stars Memorial, a 9/11 remembrance mural. It consists of 60 separate 2-1/2' x 4' panels and more than 3000 different stars. Each panel will have 64 unique stars, all cross-stitched by hand. The name of a victim from 2001 and 1993 will be stitched under each star.

This project will also serve as an American history educational piece for children and adults. Along the top of each panel will be words from historical documents, speeches, songs and quotes regarding the original concepts and ideals upon which the United States of America was founded - nothing political. Ten (10) of the panels will consist of just words, based upon the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, Franklin and Eleanor, JFK and more.

When it is finished, it will be over 200 feet long. The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York would like to display and protect the completed mural at their location and make it available to other museums and educational venues around the country and worldwide. Click the logo and read this letter from the Chief Curator, Jan Seidler Ramirez.

9/11 logo

For the past 10 years, I have been supporting this project with my savings. Most of the materials (embroidery floss, lighted magnifier, fusible interfacing) are all made in the USA and have been donated by the manufacturers. However, all of that has now changed. The fabric and preservation framing for each of the panels have not been donated and I cannot afford them. The memorial needs your help.

Fortunately, I have some ideas about how to accomplish that. All of these ideas are part of a grass roots effort so that every American can contribute to the process in some way if you choose. Just click on the button in the left side bar or below to read more about them. You can:

  • Sponsor-a-Star for someone who lost their life on 9/11. (tax-deductible) Click here!
  • Custom 9/11 Star Plaques - these are framed plaques hand stitched by me, the artist, with the actual star that has been assigned to the victim. To see the plaque design and read all about them, click here Custom Plaques!
  • Make a Donation through Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization representing this project. (tax-deductible) Click here!
  • Purchase Products through the Cafepress store. (All profits go to the production of the memorial.)
  • Stitch-a-Star - cross-stitchers and needle artists can make a donation and receive layouts for some of the stars I have created. Don't forget to download your free star design right now! (tax-deductible) Click here!

The Americana Stars Memorial is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of this project made through Fractured Atlas are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Participation through Sponsor-a-Star, Make a Donation and Stitch-a-Star are tax deductible and you will receive a customized certificate. The buttons in the left side bar will take you to pages that will explain each of the 4 options. Since I know there will be questions, please feel free to email me from the bottom of this or any page on the website.

You can view and read all about this project at The Americana Stars Memorial or click the button in the side bar. The following websites are publishing my story with some very complimentary introductions (I am grateful).


SPECIAL NOTICE -- On October 20th, 2012, the Harbor Light Pub in Rockaway Park, NY sponsored and hosted a "Thank You" event for everyone who sponsored the star of a 9/11 victim from the Rockaways and Broad Channel. On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit. The Harbor Light Pub burned to the ground along with a dozen adjoining buildings amid tremendous widespread devastation throughout the Northeastern coast of the USA. Many locations were so decimated by fire, wind, rain and flooding, it looks like it went through a time machine and ended up in war-torn Europe during WWII.

Throughout the years, I have had the priviledge to get to know how wonderful and close-knit the families of the Rockaway communities are. The Graybeards is an organization that was started following September 11, 2001 by a basketball league in the Rockaways of the same name. They have helped many people along the way and have made a generous donation to The Americana Stars Memorial in an effort to make sure that the stars of 9/11 victims from the Rockaways and Broad Channel will be sponsored. Read all about them and the inspiring work they do at This is a group of gentlemen that can absolutely be trusted with your heartfelt donations to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. As always, 100% of all donations are used to help people. All administration costs are paid for by the members themselves, which they consider to be a priviledge.

You can see photos of the event on the "PRESS" page. Read about The Rockaway community and the Graybeards in a terrific article with photos published in The New York Times. (If your computer brings up a notification bar, click the "Show All Content" button to see the entire article and photos. Otherwise, scroll down to read the text.)



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