Over the weekend, six multiton granite monoliths were installed on the 9/11 Memorial as the essential centerpiece of the 9/11 Memorial Glade. The Glade will honor those who are sick or who have died from 9/11-related illnesses caused by exposure to toxins in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
The monoliths, each weighting between 13 and 17.8 tons and created by the Rock of Ages granite manufacturing company in Barre, Vt., traveled six hours south on flatbed trucks through the Green Mountains and the rolling hills of New England. They were escorted by a team of eight personnel from the Vermont Division of Fire Safety.
As the team assisted the trucks on their way to New York City, local first responders in communities along the way saluted the monoliths on the highway overpasses to recognize the importance and national significance of this project.
The monoliths were lifted over the 9/11 Memorial on Saturday by a 600-ton crane. Steel salvaged from the original World Trade Center will be incorporated into each of the monoliths.
“This is in keeping with our promise to never forget,’’ President & CEO Alice Greenwald told media onsite. “Two million tons of debris was removed so we could rebuild, and now those people have either died or are sick. This is recognition of their sacrifice.’’
The 9/11 Memorial Glade is set to be dedicated on May 30, corresponding to the 17th anniversary of the official end of the rescue and recovery period.
Read more about the monolith installation below and join us for our seventh annual 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk & Community Day on Sunday, April 28, which will support the construction of the Glade.
Washington Post: World Trade Center granite monoliths are in place
Newsday/AMNewYork: A new memorial is installed at National September 11 Memorial & Museum plaza
CBS 2: A Tribute To Courage: Victims Of Ground Zero-Related Illnesses Honored, New Monoliths Added To 9/11 Memorial
By 9/11 Memorial Staff