World Trade Center beam installed at Sylvania memorial
Several hundred area residents and first responders attended the dedication of the 911 First Responders Last Call Memorial today at Toledo Memorial Park.
The monument was completed today by the installation of an 18-foot, 13,000-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center. The beam was hoisted by a crane on top of a 9.5-foot tall concrete and granite base.
The beam, which was brought from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by truck, conducted the final leg of its journey from downtown Toledo along Monroe Street to the Sylvania cemetery with a police and fire escort.
The memorial is meant to honor first responders everywhere, including those who died during the 2001 terrorist attacks.
At the dedication, an honor guard and pipes and drum team joined the beam to the monument. Air ambulances passed overhead in salute, a flag was raised onto the memorial, and a Last Call ceremony was performed by the Sylvania Township Fire Department.
“Although 9/11 was a terrible tragedy, it brought us together as a nation,” Toledo Memorial Park President Jeff Clegg said.
On the granite will be the names of fallen first responders from Sept. 11, and the names of local first responders who died in the line of duty. The park plans to create a first responders section nearby in the ceremony, similar to its veterans section.
Congressmen Marcy Kaptur and Bob Latta attended the ceremony, and Miss Kaptur was involved in the acquisition of the World Trade Center piece for the memorial.
“Sept. 11 belongs to our nation,” she said, ”but it was the first responders who defined it.”
The City of Sylvania presented a proclamation for the memorial, and the site will host 9/11 events in the future.