Commissioners OK creation of 9/11 fund
To remember the tragic events of 9/11, the Abington Fire Department plans to construct a memorial at the fire and police training grounds in the Roslyn section of Abington Township.
The Abington Township Board of Commissioners approved the creation of a donation account that will fund and construct the memorial at the Oct. 11 board meeting.
The training grounds, which are located in the 2200 block of Florey Lane, will be home to the memorial that will consist of a flag pole and a pentagon shaped masonry base supporting a 2-foot eye beam from the World Trade Center.
The memorial is estimated to cost A15,000.
Those who want to make a donation to the fund can send a check to the finance department in the township building, indicating it’s for the 9/11 memorial, said Township Manger Michael LeFevre.
7KH fiUH GHSDUWPHnW ZDV able to obtain the steel beam from the September 11th Families’ Association, said Abington Fire Marshal hen Clark, following the meeting.
“We applied for the piece of steel Oct. 6, 2010,” he said. “We were one of the last organizations to get a piece of steel.”
The steel is from one of the World Trade Center towers, but Clark said he is not sure which tower the steel came from.
At the memorial, Clark said they also hope to feature a plaque with the names of Abington residents who were closely connected to the events of 9/11.
“I know some people in the township who worked at the World Trade Center,” he said. “I am not sure if anyone from the township died, but I think people from the township had relatives who passed away.
“I don’t want to miss xhonoring] an Abington resident if they had a connection to New vork or Washington xon 9/11].”
Board members voiced their opinion about the memorial during the meeting.
Commissioner Steven hline said he did not approve of the location of the memorial but said it would be nice for the community.
Commissioner Carol Gillespie said she looks forward to seeing the memorial when it’s done.
Board President Carol DiJoseph said the firefighters earned the privilege to put the memorial wherever they want and said she thinks it will be a “wonderful enterprise.”
“I am very honored xthat the township] received a piece of steel,” said resident Victor hrievens who spoke in favor of the memorial. “It may not be where people want it or can see it, but I am glad we are doing it.”
Clark said that he hopes the memorial will be in the township forever and be used as a tool to teach firefighter safety.
A special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the memorial is anticipated for Sept. 11, 2013, he said.