Sedona 9/11 Memorial, "We shall Never Forget," Becomes A Reality
Sedona, AZ: On Wednesday morning, June 1, 2016, a dedicated, hardworking group of citizens representing the Sedona Fire 9/11 Memorial Committee and Fire District staff turned the first shovels of dirt for the construction of the Sedona 9/11 Memorial, at Fire Station 6, located on SR 179. The Memorial will include one of the last remaining pieces of steel girders from New York’s World Trade Center after its horrific collapse on September 11, 2001. The Memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on September 11, 2016.
SFD Fire Chief Kris Kazian commented, “The SFD 9/11 Memorial Committee has been hard at work to make sure we properly present this piece of America’s history here in Sedona. The ground breaking ceremony is a significant step in accomplishing this goal."
One of the last remaining artifacts from the World Trade Center, the girder around which the Memorial will be built is a 5 1⁄2-foot, 3,000-pound piece of steel believed to be from the 20th floor of one of the Twin Towers. It will honor the 2,996 lives that were lost; included in this number are 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers.
For the last year, the Committee has been working unfailingly throughout the community to raise the necessary funds to pay for the construction of the Memorial, and they are quickly closing in on achieving their $65,000 goal. However, they are still in need of community donations to raise the final $10,000 necessary to complete the project. Local contractor and community leader Joel Detar was selected to build the memorial, and his company started actual construction on June 2, the day after the ground breaking.
The Memorial Committee will be hosting a fundraising event on Thursday, June 9, at Vino di Sedona at 6 pm. The festive event is open to the public and will include a wine tasting, appetizers, and a silent auction. The cost for the event is only $35.00. For more information about the work of the 9/11 Memorial Committee and other planned fundraisers, visit their website at www.SedonaFD911Memorial.org.
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