9/11 memorial to be dedicated in Washington Township in 2 weeks

Structure will feature artifacts from three sites of terrorist attacks nearly 12 years ago

August 28, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — A Washington Township, Pa., memorial to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be dedicated in a ceremony in two weeks.

Music from the Wayne Band will open the ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Red Run Park off Pa. 16 east of Waynesboro, Pa. Speeches will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The newly constructed memorial will feature artifacts from the three sites of terrorist attacks nearly 12 years ago, including Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the field where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa.

The memorial’s structure is complete, and the electrical wiring is in place. Crews are starting to install pavers and do landscaping before the actual artifacts are installed on their pedestals, officials said at a township supervisors meeting Wednesday night.


Local, state and national politicians have been invited to the dedication ceremony, as have individuals and businesses who donated to the project. Township officials said they strongly encourage the public to attend.

“I’d hope there’d be some recollection, remembrance of what the day was,” Washington Township Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said.

“It’s a ceremony that’s meant to relive emotions,” Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

The memorial and its informational boards are designed to be in large part educational, according to William Conrad, a township supervisor and chairman of the memorial’s organizing committee of volunteers.

“I think so many people forget what happened,” Conrad said.

Radio station WAYZ will be broadcasting from the ceremony, which will feature presentations by local Veteran of Foreign Wars members.

A World War II memorial on the site will also be rededicated during the ceremony.

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