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Sept. 11, 2001, memorial at Red Run Park taking shape

$67,000 has been raised for project in Washington Township

July 18, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Work continues on a Sept. 11 memorial at Red Run Park off Pa. 16 east of Waynesboro, Pa. When completed, the memorial at the park will feature artifacts from the three sites of terrorist attacks nearly 12 years ago.
By Jennifer Fitch/Reporter

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — A Sept. 11, 2001, memorial at Red Run Park is taking shape as GRC General Contractor Inc. crews install beams and prepare to complete the roof structure.

An electrician could be working at the site as early as Friday followed by Washington Township, Pa., maintenance workers and masons next week, officials said.

When completed, the memorial at the park off Pa. 16 will feature artifacts from the three sites of terrorist attacks nearly 12 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.

“I hope when it’s all done, and people go there, they can sit, meditate or just enjoy the solitude to think about what people sacrificed,” said William Conrad, a township supervisor and chairman of the organizing committee of volunteers.

To date, the township has raised more than $67,000 toward the project, in part through fundraisers organized by Rouzerville businesswoman Ann Backer.

Fundraising continues because the site will need ongoing maintenance, and some materials, such as bronze for informational boards, are costing more than budgeted, Conrad said.

L.T. Rush Stone will be creating block walls covered by Eldorado stone. Blue Ridge Mountain Cookery has made steel components and cut pieces for a type of informational map.

Decker Electric and Glessner Alarm & Communications will be wiring the site.

Gary Shatzer will weld a plate on the bottom of a beam from the World Trade Center to give it a foundation, allowing it to be bolted to a pedestal.

L&K Tooling is making small models that will be placed on a map to show New York City, Washington, D.C., Shanksville and Rouzerville.

“That way, you see a visual,” Conrad said.

He said most services are being donated, although the township needs to purchase some materials.

Many of the businesses’ activities were coordinated by former township Supervisor Stewart McCleaf.

“There has been such a huge community support from individuals and local companies,” Conrad said.

Organizers wanted to have the memorial in place for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, but they did not raise enough money in time. There will be discussions next week about whether the site will be ready for a ceremony this Sept. 11, Conrad said.

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