Volunteers focusing on fundraising for Pa. 9/11 memorial

February 20, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Washington Township, Pa., obtained artifacts from the three sites of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Volunteers creating a memorial from the artifacts include, from left, Dan DeDona, Janet Pollard, Mike Christopher, William Conrad and Ann Backer.
By Jennifer Fitch/Staff Writer

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — Volunteers creating a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial at Red Run Park are focusing on fundraising as they continue to develop the $110,000 project.

Last week, memorial committee members in Washington Township, Pa., received their first estimate for the project’s price tag. They hope to receive donated materials and labor to drive down the $110,000 cost.

Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher is optimistic the fundraising goal can be met.

“We realize it is a difficult time with the economy the way it is, but this memorial is so important. ... It’s important we never forget what happened that day,” he said.

The memorial off Pa. 16 will feature artifacts from the three sites of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The township obtained a steel beam from ground zero in New York City, a rock from where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa., and a section of wall from the damaged Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Fundraising efforts will include presentations for organizations and businesses, as well as mailings and information shared at special events, according to Carlene Willhide, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.

The public can learn more about the project and see models and sketches March 8. The information will be part of an open house following the regularly scheduled Rouzerville Business Association meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Rouzerville Ruritan.

“We’re going to distribute fliers at the builders show (in March). We’re also looking to do a big mixer-type event,” Willhide said.

“We’re really starting to re-emphasize (the project) over and over again,” said Janet Pollard, director of the Franklin County (Pa.) Visitors Bureau.

A major goal is the community coming together to make the project happen, Pollard said.

“It becomes a tribute for this area, by the community and for the community,” she said.

The memorial’s design committee has made some changes in recent weeks, according to committee member Dan DeDona.

DeDona was working in the Pentagon when he saw television coverage of the terrorist attacks in New York City. He had returned to his tasks when an airplane hit the Pentagon.

“The whole building was shaking,” he said.

DeDona, who lives in the township, brought in a designer from Virginia to consult on the memorial. Through that meeting, the committee decided to create a pentagonal pedestal in the middle of the pavilion. That pedestal, which will have a map etched on the top, will be flanked by boards containing information about the attacks.

“If you’re reading about the Pentagon, you’ll actually be facing the Pentagon (on the map), and the same thing for Shanksville and the twin towers,” DeDona said.

Committee members hope to dedicate the new memorial on Sept. 11 of this year, Pollard said.

“It’s something that allows us to remember,” she said. “It gives us a special place for reflection.”

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