• 9-11 Memorial in Williams Park receives approval

    January 30, 2013 No comments

    The Brownsburg Park Board unanimously voted to allow a 9-11 memorial to be built in Williams Park at its January 23 meeting. A steel I-beam recovered from the World Trade Center will serve as the centerpiece for the memorial, which will sit near the park entrance and the Veteran’s Memorial.

    A committee to build a 9-11 memorial in Brownsburg has been working to complete the project since Firefighter Jim Miller and three other firefighters brought the beam from New York City to the Brownsburg Fire Territory. The beam was secured through a program that distributes portions of the twin towers to public entities for permanent memorials open to the public.

    Scott Perkins with Blackline Studio for Architecture has been instrumental in the design of the memorial. He has taken the committee’s initial concepts and brought them to life.  The memorial, called 9-11 Memorial at Williams Park, will respectfully represent the fateful day in history with grace and honor as a place for remembrance, reflection and learning for years to come. It will provide a place for residents, visitors and students to reflect on the historical importance of September 11, 2001, telling the story of what happened on 9-11 through storyboards. The beam will be supported in a way to represent how it was in the tower and will point in the direction of New York City.

    Now that a location has been secured and the design has been established for the memorial, the committee’s focus will be on fundraising.  Total project costs have not been determined, but individuals and businesses can donate to the fund through the Hendricks County Community Foundation at www.hendrickscountycf.org. Note Brownsburg 9-11 Fund or 9-11 Memorial at Williams Park on donations to the fund. Contributions can also be made at Brownsburg Fire Territory Headquarters, 470 E. Northfield Drive in Brownsburg.

    Questions about the memorial can be directed to Brownsburg Fire Chief Bill Brown at 317-852-1190.

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