Last Pieces of Twin Towers Coming to Capital Region
A fixed point in time that will forever resonate in our memory. Whenever we hear the date September 11th, 2001 we all think back to where we were, what we were feeling, and just because it was over 15 years ago, doesn't mean that should ever change.
Mayor John Romano of Ballston Spa wrote a letter to Port Authority in October 2015 requesting a piece of Ground Zero for a 9/11 memorial he was planning, according to The Daily Gazette. He mentioned in the letter the efforts the town put in to raise the $11,000 for the families of the more than 3,000 people never expecting anything to come about it. Not only did Ballston Spa get those pieces but they are the last two pieces of Ground Zero that were available.
Romano and the Ballston Spa-based nonprofit group MacBoston Fallen Firefighter Memorial went to retrieve the two 13-foot, 650-pound pieces from a hangar on Long Island. The twisted rails will become part of the memorial with work beginning on August 19th planned to be completed before September 11th.
The memorial will have the rails lying flat on a pedestal elevated above a pentagon-shaped stone border pointing to an American flag. The entrance to the memorial will have two granite monuments to symbolize the towers. One monument will be for those who were lost and the other will be for donors who made the monument possible.