Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00
With 600 pounds of twisted steel from the World Trade Center site as its focal point, Massapequa High School’s newly constructed 9/11 memorial was dedicated to the nation’s fallen heroes during a brief ceremony that marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Gathered together were victims’ families from the community, students, staff and those who helped construct the memorial.
“The development of this memorial has truly been a community effort,” said Charles Sulc, superintendent of schools. “Everyone from H2M Architects to the Village of Massapequa Park to contractors and residents in the community donated their services so that this project could become a reality.”
The memorial — spearheaded last fall by Rosemary Cain, a resident who lost her son, George, in the 9/11 attacks — consists of stone walkways that lead up to a circular knee wall where the steel beam stands upright about nine and a half feet. DeMartino Construction Co. in Amityville donated the labor and material for the stonework while Web Construction Corp. in Mineola provided the same for the concrete base and the steel welding securing the beam.
The district received the steel beam from the Village of Massapequa Park. It was brought to the high school draped in the American flag and set into place by the district’s buildings and grounds crew. Three plaques honoring those who have fallen at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on United Airline Flight 93 were ordered to be placed around the beam. New landscaping was planted by Joe Davis and Sons Landscape Contractors Inc. of Massapequa. Behind the memorial stands a 20-foot flagpole, donated by H2M Architects, with an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol. The flag was given to the district by Rep. Peter King.
“We are honored to have this memorial grace the lawn of our high school and encourage everyone from the community to come here to sit and reflect and think about those we have lost during these tragic events in American history,” Sulc said.