Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cranberry to Unveil 9/11 Memorial Plan

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cranberry to Unveil 9/11 Memorial Plan

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Just about every year of the past 10, Cranberry manager Jerry Andree and his wife, Jan, have trekked from their home in Butler County to Somerset County, where a plane-full of heroes crashed to the ground Sept. 11, 2001, in a successful effort to thwart a terrorist attack.

"I cry every time I go there," Mr. Andree said.

Soon, he won't have to travel as far to honor the heroes of 9/ 11. Cranberry volunteer firefighters are erecting a monument adjacent to the Route 19 fire station. The design will be unveiled and a fundraising effort kicked off at a ceremony on the site at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

The design will focus on the damaged 832-pound steel beam from the World Trace Center wreckage that the Cranberry fire department made arrangements to obtain. Organizers hope to complete the monument by April.

"This is something we're really committed to," said Bruce Hezlep, president of the fire company. "We want to let future generations know what the twin towers were before they were Ground Zero. We want to give people a place to go to reflect on the lives lost and the heroism that was demonstrated," he said, referring to the day that terrorists commandeered four airliners and crashed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the towers to crumble, killing thousands.

A third plane was crashed into the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., and a fourth crashed into a field in Somerset County when passengers overtook their hijackers. That plane was believed to have been intended to strike either the White House or the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Cranberry firefighters came up with the idea for a monument to honor the courage and determination of their fellow emergency responders from New York City who helped on that fateful day, many of them dying in the effort.

Mr. Hezlep wants the design to be a secret until the unveiling, but he said it will focus on the damaged beam obtained by the fire department. …

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