9/11 memorial at Red Run Park taking shape

January 11, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • This artist's rendering shows the current design for a Sept. 11 memorial at Red Run Park in Washington Township, Pa.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Plans for a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial at Red Run Park in Washington Township, Pa., are being finalized as the first donations are made.

The Owls Club of Waynesboro Inc. recently contributed $100 to the project, kicking off the fundraising efforts. Almost 300 letters were mailed to prospective contributors in late December.

Final designs are under way so that cost estimates and a list of needs can be developed.

The memorial will feature artifacts from Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa.

Township crews picked up a steel beam from Ground Zero last year. Township Manager Mike Christopher said a piece of the Pentagon rubble will be made available to the municipality within two weeks, and arrangements are still being made to retrieve a rock from Shanksville.

The memorial will feature six plaques on columns to describe what happened in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Those attacks killed 2,977 people, according to The Associated Press.

The memorial’s design committee is exploring the possibility of incorporating a time capsule. It has asked township supervisors to form a separate committee or decide what they want to be in that capsule.

Committee members plan to fly in an interior design expert, Neal Gropen, from Virginia to offer suggestions for colors, artistic effects and lighting. They are bearing the cost of that trip.

The original design was adapted so that two towers are being pulled from within the pavilion-type structure and placed in front of it. Design committee member William Conrad, who is a township supervisor, said the idea of moving it is to create “a pathway to the main structure.”

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