We were driving yesterday running errands (yes, I got out of the house-weekly grocery run), and I happened to catch on the radio, that a fire department in our city had been given a piece of steel beam from the WTC and were showing it at a local radio station. As it so happens, being the famous blogger that I am, I had my camera in the car, (well, ok, it was still in there from last week). So we turned around and headed that way.
When we arrived, I started asking about the beam. I was met with a overwhelming sense of pride, the 3 firefighters beamed and glowed as they discussed some of the details of the beam’s journey. They were so proud as they began telling of the 17 hour drive to NewYork and back, the threat of tornadoes forcing them to carry their motorcycle escort in the back of their truck, and the adrenaline rush to get that 1350 pound piece of steel to it’s new home. I asked what were the plans for it, the said simply “we are going to make a memorial”. I snapped some pictures, thanked them for their story, and we all said goodbye.
The ride home takes about ten minutes, just enough time to ponder about what that means to me….In this community…
How sobering to have a piece of that historical event, here in our city.
What touches me the most is that there are a lot of people living in this community who will never get the opportunity to take a trip to NYC, and seek ground zero to spend time paying their respects. This small piece of such a large event will allow people a chance to pay tribute, in their own way. The actual physical aspect of it brings home an event that, to some, happened abstractly in the media.
The department has drawn up a beautiful design for the planned monument highlighting the beam. The area will also have benches, that will allow families to come and sit for awhile, so we never forget what happened that day.
The department’s goal is to raise $50,000 to complete the memorial by September 11, 2011 marking the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. They’re accepting donations to make it happen.
If you are interested donations can be made in person @the Boiling Springs Fire Department or sent to:
BSFD/WTC Memorial, 5020 Pelham Road, Greenville SC 29615
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