Wednesday 4 a.m.: members of the Acton 9/11 Memorial Committee left Acton, headed to New York City to pick up a 519-pound, 10-foot-long piece of steel from Ground Zero.
The Committee plans to use the piece of steel, given to them by the New York Port Authority (NYPA), to arrange a new 9/11 memorial outside of the Acton Public Safety facility. The new memorial is due to be completed on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Acton firefighter and 9/11 Memorial Committee member, Tom Matthews, and Acton resident Mike Sweeney, whose wife died on American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11/01, left for New York City where they would not only be picking up the piece of steel, but would also be receiving a private tour around Ground Zero.
Back in January of 2010, The 9/11 Memorial Committee wrote a letter to the NYPA, expressing interest in obtaining a piece of steel from Ground Zero, that the NYPA had offered to numerous charities.
“It has been a long process, but when all is said and done, it will be well worth it,” said Matthews. “We still have to do a little bit more fundraising but we are right on track to get this completed for September 11, 2011.”
According to Matthews, the Committee has raised a little over $20,000, with the expected price of the completed memorial being $25,000. Anyone who wants to donate to the memorial fund can help through the Buy A Brick Program. For $100, anyone can purchase a brick that will be placed leading up to the memorial and can carve a personal message.
The Committee has a general idea of what the design of the memorial will look like, but they have not finalized anything since they just recently received the steel from Ground Zero. The tribute will not only memorialize the events that happened on September 11, 2001, but also the two Acton residents who died aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that day - Amy Sweeney and Philip Rosenzweig (late husband of Lauren Rosenzweig-Morton, Chair of the Acton Board of Selectmen).
“Once we settle down with the steel, the engineer and designer can look at it and we can all come up with a finalized plan," said Matthews.
Thursday afternoon, the public had a chance to view the steel from Ground Zero in its original form at the Acton Public Safety Facility.