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Part of World Trade Center to be placed in Hagerstown garden

Remembrance in the Park ceremony to pay tribute to emergency personnel who died on 9/11

September 01, 2011
  • In this Herald-Mail file photo, a piece of the World Trade Center twin towers brought down by terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, sits inside the grandstand building at Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park. During Remembrance in the Park, the piece will be unveiled and dedicated at the Emergency Services Tribute Garden at the park.
Herald-Mail file photo

A piece of the World Trade Center twin towers will be memorialized in Hagerstown this month as a permanent reminder of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The city, together with the Washington County Citizen Corps, local elected officials, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, and members of the  military, will hold Remembrance in the Park, a ceremony at Hagerstown City Park on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. to pay tribute to our fallen heroes, according to a city news release.

During the ceremony, a piece of a steel beam, that was once part of the World Trade Center towers, will be unveiled and dedicated at the Emergency Services Tribute Garden at the park, the release said.

Members of the Washington County Citizens Corps committee began working two years ago to get an artifact from ground zero. In May, county emergency services officials transported a 727-pound piece of a beam back to Hagerstown, Verna Brown, county emergency management coordinator, said previously.

There is no way to know which building or floor the beam came from, Brown said previously, but it is now part of the Hagerstown community, a permanent reminder of a day and a group of people who will never be forgotten.

"... It is very humbling to think that a piece of that fateful Tuesday morning will now have a place in our City Park forever," she said in the release.

The ceremony will include a flag ceremony, the singing of the National Anthem, proclamations from the city and county, a dedication prayer, dedication of the beam, a wreath laying and the unveiling of newly laid bricks on the Walk of Honor in the tribute garden, the release said.

There will also be a special tree-planting ceremony for U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Maung Htaik of Hagerstown who was killed while serving in Afghanistan on Jan. 1, 2011, the release said.  

Prior to the start of the ceremony at about 6:30 p.m., a procession of more than 40 emergency services vehicles will make its way from the intersection of Burhans Boulevard and West Hillcrest Road to the park, the release said.

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If you go

What: Remembrance in the Park: 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

Where: Hagerstown City Park in the Emergency Services Tribute Garden

When: Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Info: The ceremony is open to the public and is expected to end around 8 p.m. For more information please contact Verna Brown at 240-313-4364 or by email at vbrown@washco-md.net.

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