Remembering 9/11: Cranberry Firefighters Holding Memorial Dedication
Don't forget, the public is invited to attend the formal dedication of the 9/11 memorial in front the Park Fire Station on Route 19. Plus, where were you and what were you doing on Sept. 11, 2001? Share your memories in the comment section below.
Most everyone who is old enough can remember where they were and what they were doing when the first of two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
Now they can touch a piece from the day’s wreckage.
Just in time for Patriot Day, the 11th anniversary of the attacks, the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company is holding a formal dedication of its 9/11 Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Park Station on Route 19.
The public is welcome to attend the event, which also will feature the area’s other first responders.
The memorial itself is structured around an 832-pound piece of twisted steel that fell from one of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11. Two slabs of granite shaped like the Twin Towers will hold up the damaged I-beam. A likeness of the New York City block where the buildings were located also has been etched into the concrete surrounding the beam.
According to Jeff Berneburg, chairman of the fire company’s 9/11 committee, the I-beam was purposely laid at a height and in a way that encourages visitors to come up and lay their hands on it.
“The biggest thing is people will want to touch it,” he has said.
After a year's worth of paperwork, Berneburg, fire company President Bruce Hezlep and his young son traveled to New York last April to the John F. Kennedy airport hanger—where Ground Zero artifacts are stored—to pick up the steel and haul it back to Cranberry.
On Sept. 11, 2011, Cranberry officials, including first responders, broke ground on the project.
Are you planning to attend the memorial dedication? Where were you and what were you doing on Sept. 11 2001? Share your memories in the comment section below.