SFD 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony set for Sunday

Centerpiece is steel girder recovered from World Trade Center

An artist’s rendering of the 9/11 Memorial for the Sedona Fire District. The centerpiece of the memorial is a steel girder recovered from the World Trade Center ruins. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday. (Courtesy Photo from Sedona Fire District)

An artist’s rendering of the 9/11 Memorial for the Sedona Fire District. The centerpiece of the memorial is a steel girder recovered from the World Trade Center ruins. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday. (Courtesy Photo from Sedona Fire District)

SEDONA - The Sedona Fire Department invites the community to the dedication ceremony for the 9/11 Memorial Sunday at Sedona Fire District Station #6, located at 2675 State Route 179. According to the SFD, the centerpiece of the memorial is a steel girder recovered from the World Trade Center ruins.

The SFD said they are honored to have received it.

"When I first saw this piece of steel; it was amazing. When you think about where this came from, and what it has seen," said Fire Marshal Gary Johnson of the Sedona Fire District.

Johnson said he has a hard time talking about it.

The 3,000-pound, 5 foot 5 inches tall piece of steel is believed to be from the 20th floor of one of the Twin Towers, according to a release from the department.

The SFD said that the memorial honors the 2,996 lives that were lost during the terrorists attacks of 9/11. Included in this number were 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers.

"The SFD 911 Memorial Committee and our local tradesmen have been hard at work to make sure we properly present this piece of America's history here in Sedona. We are honored to have the chance to be part of the firefighters and police officers history and culture as 9/11 will forever be remembered. This is an amazing addition to our community," said Fire Chief Kris Kazian of Sedona Fire District.

A news release from the department states that an open house will take place Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free, light lunch will be served to attendees at noon on-site. The ceremony is to begin at 1 p.m., with cake being served at the conclusion of the ceremony, according to SFD. Limited parking will be available at the Fire Station, according to the release, with overflow parking available at Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley Synagogue; Christ Lutheran Church; and St. Luke's Episcopal Church. SFD strongly encourages carpooling. An RSVP is appreciated, states the release, but not mandatory.

The SFD said this project was made possible by the generous donations from the community, and without their support, this memorial would not have been possible. For additional information visit www.SedonaFD911Memorial.org.

When: Sunday, Sept.11

Time of Events:

Open House - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Lunch - Noon to 1 p.m.

Ceremony - 1 p.m.

Where:

Sedona Fire Station #6 at 2675 State Route 179

(Between Chapel Road and Meadowlark Drive)

To RSVP:

Contact Tricia Greer, Executive Assistant

tgreer@sedonafire.org, or 928-204-8909

For more information, visit www.SedonaFD911Memorial.org

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