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Pa. Sept. 11 memorial model unveiled

December 05, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • A model for a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial in Washington Township, Pa., was unveiled Monday.
By Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Sept. 11, 2001, memorial planned for Red Run Park in Washington Township, Pa., features not only three large artifacts, but also plaques describing the terrorist attacks of the day.

A committee overseeing the memorial's development in Rouzerville, Pa., debuted a scale model of their plans Monday during a Washington Township Supervisors meeting.

The township already obtained a steel beam from the fallen World Trade Center towers in New York City. Negotiations are under way to acquire part of a limestone wall where a terrorist-controlled airplane hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as well as a rock from the crash site in Shanksville, Pa.

Those three items would be the main focus of a memorial contained in a pentagon-shaped pavilion about 30 feet in diameter and 18 1/2 feet high.

"As you're driving along Route 16, this will be very visible," committee member Don Embly said.

Two etched columns will represent the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Above them will be three skylights providing natural light to complement the artificial lighting design.

The walls and columns will be covered with stone. The back wall will have etched stainless steel pieces with renderings of the New York City skyline, Shanksville field and Pentagon.

"The design committee has done a great job on this," Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper said.

"It's remarkable," Washington Township Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said.

Design committee member Bill Conrad said all input was considered.

"No idea was untouched," he said. "We tried to include everything."

Public comment or suggestions on the plans, which will be posted at www.washtwp-franklin.org, will be accepted for one month. The fundraising arm of the memorial committee will start developing cost estimates in early 2012. Tax-deductible monetary contributions and offers of donated services will be accepted immediately.

Committee members hope to dedicate the new memorial on Sept. 11, 2012.

The existing war memorial and cannon at the park will be moved to the new memorial site. The Sept. 11, 2001, artifacts will not be encased.

Two wheelchair ramps are included in the plans.

Memorial committee members are Don Embly, Bob Backer, Robert Morrow, Carroll Sturm, Stephen Kulla, Dan DeDona, Bill Conrad, Ann Backer, Richard Starliper, Carlene Willhide, Dave Martin, Barry Keller, Jim Meek, John Ryan Beck, Paul Barnett, Janet Pollard, Matt Watson and Mike Christopher.

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