Telethon raises $9,500 for 9/11 memorial in Washington Township, Pa.

September 11, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Dan DeDona, a committee member developing a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial, shows plans to Washington Township, Pa., resident Chris Lind, left. The memorial will be built at Red Run Park in the township.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — A telethon Tuesday at the future site of a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial in Washington Township, Pa., raised $9,500 to develop the memorial.

Speakers talked on air about the project’s importance as radio station WAYZ did a live broadcast from the site all day.

The memorial at Red Run Park will feature artifacts from the three sites of terrorist attacks 11 years ago — Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the field where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa.

According to The Associated Press, nearly 3,000 people were killed in those attacks.

Although the memorial’s overall project cost was initially estimated at $110,000, officials said donated materials and labor will drive down the cost.

About $28,000 had been raised before the telethon.

Volunteers working on the memorial hoped to have it opened by Tuesday’s anniversary of the attacks. Instead, foundation work will be starting in coming weeks.

Dan DeDona is a township resident who was working in the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the building. He said the windows’ glass rattled and bowed a couple of inches.

“I was working in a vault at the time, so we had to close up the safes and secure the facility, then we evacuated with the other 25,000 people in the building that day. ... You could see the smoke coming up from the west side over by Arlington Cemetery where the impact had taken place,” he said.

DeDona worked on the memorial’s design.

Washington Township Supervisor Bill Conrad said call-takers accepted donations from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the telethon. The artifacts were on display for visitors.

The memorial will be in the shape of a pentagon and will have five columns, he said.

“To us ... we need to be able to see our living history and pass on the information that took place that tragic day. We need our children and grandchildren to not forget what took place,” Conrad said.

Visitors to “the 9/11 tribute” will be able to sit and reflect, he said.

For more information about the project or to donate, call 717-762-3128.

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