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The Elyria Township 911 Memorial Committee broke ground for the construction of the Memorial on June 21, 2014 and on June 23rd construction began. Seventy (70) working days later, the Memorial was completed. The dedication was held on September 28, 2014. Present at the dedication were the American Legion Honor Guard, Post 12, the Golden Crescent Chorus and the Cleveland Firefighters Pipes and Drums. There were just over 200 people in attendance
on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Mark Lesner, Architect, from Amherst, Ohio, donated his time and skills to design the Memorial. The free labor was supplied by mostly retired union skilled tradesmen. There were two iron workers, three carpenters, two labor/concrete finishers, two sheet metal workers, and two electricians.
The Memorial water fall pump comes on at 9 a.m. and shuts off at 9:30 p.m. All the lighting works with a dusk to dawn sensor. We will be taking out the water meter and the water fall pump for the winter months on October 20th.
Courtesy of the Chronicle Telegram, filed on September 29, 2014 by Evan Goodenow
Speakers recalled the heroism and outpouring of goodwill immediately following the 9/11 attacks during a 9/11 memorial dedication in Elyria Township on Sunday.
The Rev. Donald Dunson, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria, said the “pure altruism” displayed by rescuers that day should never be forgotten.
“There will always be those that try to cut the ties that bind. This beautiful memorial is a statement that we must forever stand united,” Dunson told about 200 people at the Rowland Nature Preserve, 7475 Murray Ridge Road. “There are ties visible and invisible that link us to every human being. Even to our enemies.”
The memorial is home to an 18-inch by 18-inch, 210-pound rusted piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers that collapsed after being struck by American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 on Sept. 11, 2001. Including American Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon and the downing of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., 2,977 people died that day.
The Elyria Township Fire Department in 2011 received the piece from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Elyria Township was among about 1,500 communities nationally that received tower pieces, said township Trustee Rob Scheithauer, who helped spearhead memorial construction.
The remnant is the centerpiece of the memorial. The monument includes two 7-foot-tall concrete towers that are 2 feet by 2 feet wide, said architect Mark Lesner, of Amherst-based Mark Lesner & Associates.
The memorial foundation is an 8-feet-by-8-feet concrete, rust-colored pentagon. The rust symbolizes the blood of the victims. A waterfall runs out of the pentagon to a plaque with a “We Will Never Forget” inscription.
The monument received $16,766 in donations, Scheithauer said. He said $14,871 has been spent. Some donors dedicated memorial bricks to loved ones or veterans. Scheithauer said the only taxpayer money spent was $2,000 from the general fund to supply water for the waterfall.
However, Scheithauer said the monetary cost doesn’t reflect hundreds of hours volunteered by Lorain County trade union members who spent about five months building the monument. Scheithauer choked up as he thanked them.
“I don’t know to thank these guys,” he said. “They work hard.”
Lesner said in an interview that he volunteered about $20,000 of time to the project. The design was his third. The first two were too expensive.
His voice cracking with emotion, Lesner told the crowd he usually communicates through concrete and steel. Lesner recalled President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in which Lincoln said the world would never forget the sacrifices of the Union dead and that government of, by and for the people “shall not perish from the Earth.” Lesner said the same lesson could apply to 9/11.
“If we come together, there’s nothing this country can’t do,” he said. “Terrorists didn’t destroy this country. They will not destroy this country.”
Rob Scheithauer Sr., right, an Elyria Township trustee and member of Sheet Metal Local 33, and Bull (Steven) Smith, ironworker with Local 17, place a portion of baseplate steel from the World Trade Center Twin Towers at the memorial. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
Workers on Monday, July 22nd, placed a portion of baseplate steel from the World Trade Center Twin Towers at the Sept. 11 Memorial at Rowland Nature Preserve in Elyria Township.
The memorial, sponsored by the township board, was built through brick paver donations. The memorial will include a waterfall, three flagpoles, and a granite plaque.
On Saturday, June 21st, the 911 Memorial Committee held a groundbreaking ceremony at the memorial site located at the Rowland Nature Preserve. Committee members from left to right are Barb Scheithauer, Rob Scheithauer, Doug Skladan, Darlene Krausher, Mark Lesner, (architect) and Tom Ivancic. Construction is now underway.
Elyria Township received a piece of the steel from the World Trade Center in New York. The Elyria Township Board of Trustees feel very honored to have this piece of steel in the township.
The Trustees formed a 911 Committee to oversee the design, construction and fund raising for a memorial to honor all first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice and all others who perished on 9-11-2001. This Memorial will be built at the Rowland Nature Preserve, 7475 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring.
The Preserve is open for everyone to enjoy. There is great fishing and 1-3/4 miles of trails for walking or jogging. The fishing pier is handicap accessible.