September 11, 2001 – the mere mention of it sends chills up and down the spines of Americans and nine years later, the controversy over the soon-to-be built mosque and even some of the memorials is still causing great division in our country. This is the tale of one celebration that will be pass quietly and without fanfare. One of the steel beams from the Twin Towers will be given a final resting place in Deerpark, NY.
In a ceremony next week in the NY town of Deerpark there will be no controversy. A procession of police officers and firefighters will form in the Kmart Plaza in Westfall Township, PA and then be escorted by police from Pike and Orange counties as it makes its way across the NY border through Port Jervis and into the town of Deerpark. They are bringing a piece of the World Trade Center to rest in Deerpark.
The steel beam is 12 feet tall and even the hatred that knocked down the Twin Towers on that dreadful day couldn’t bring the steel beam to its knees. It was left standing among the rubble.
The town of Deerpark has held a memorial service on September 11th each year for the past eight years. When the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that they were making artifacts available to emergency services throughout the country, Deerpark officials applied for a memorial piece.
Deerpark resident, Betty Lou Kranz, designed a 9/11 memorial consisting of granite stone and an etching of the Twin Towers that will stand behind the beam which will be located at the Deerpark Town Hall.
The ceremony will take place Saturday September 11, 2010 at 8:15 AM at the Town of Deerpark Town Hall. All are invited to attend the ceremony.
It will be a time of remembering, a time of honoring and a time of reflecting upon the day that forever changed the landscape of New York and the landscape of our American lives.
Then, quietly and somberly, the steel beam will be laid to rest.