Skip to comments.Beauty from the wreckage: Designs sought for 9/11 memorial
Posted on 05/13/2013 5:51:06 AM PDT by SandRat
SIERRA VISTA The Sierra Vista Fire Department is looking to the community to design a memorial honoring those that lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 that will house a piece of the World Trade Center recovered from the wreckage.
The deadline for registering for the competition, which is open to all residents of the county who are 15 years old and older, is May 30, while designs must be submitted prior to June 20.
The memorial will be incorporated into the Maltese Cross layout on the south side of Fire Station 263 on Giulio Cesare Avenue.
The centerpiece of the memorial will be a 72-pound piece of I-beam recovered from the World Trade Center after the attacks.
Some time after Sept. 11, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began giving away these pieces of steel to fire departments across the country, said Sierra Vista Firefighter/Paramedic Jeremy Baker.
They just took requests, and part of the request was that they would give you the steel, but you have to utilize it in a way that everyone can come and see it, Baker said.
After learning about this following last years Sept. 11 memorial ceremony, Baker said he reached out to the port authority, only to find that they had apparently discontinued the practice some time ago.
On the off chance that they would reconsider, Baker contacted the port authority once more, asking if a piece had ever been reserved for the Sierra Vista Fire Department.
Lo and behold, there was.
Somebody, we dont know who, did the paperwork a couple of years ago, requesting a piece of steel, he said.
For some unknown reason, the exchange was never completed, but the piece of I-beam has been sitting on the other side of the country until now.
Now, the fire department is looking to honor their end of the bargain by reaching out to the community for designs for an appropriate, meaningful and timeless Memorial for those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, as stated in the competition guidelines.
The criteria for the memorial are few, beyond its location.
The memorial should be recognizable as a memorial and appropriate to the dignity of the event and appropriate to the City of Sierra Vista, the guidelines read.
Those who successfully register by picking up and completing an entry form at any of the Sierra Vista fire stations must submit their designs on a single sheet of paper, the size of which can vary. But it must be printed using an appropriate design software for this kind of design. Each entry must clearly bear the title SVFD World Trade Center Steel Memorial Competition.
For a full set of rules and guidelines, see the .pdf file on the fire departments website by going to sierravistaaz.gov, clicking on Fire Department under the Government tab, and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Under More Information is the link to the rules and entry application.
And I picked the worst place in the world as my adoptive home. /sarc
I left my heart in Sierra Vista. 1975
That being said, let's get real.
It is a travesty and injustice as to how long it has taken to rebuild the World Trade Center. It is a symbol of the downfall of the American society that it has taken a better part of a full generation to top off the replacement building for the Actual Twin Towers in NYC.
It is despicable to watch a once great nation hamstrung by PC, bureaucratic incompetence and just plain insanity in the rebuild effort. September 11, 2001 was well past a decade ago, yet not one occupant is in the Freedom Tower, simply because it is not ready for occupation. It will be several more years for the building to be functional.
Wanna bet the winning piece will be crescent shaped?
Although I'd consider a side bet that if it isn't a crescent moon pointing at mecca, it's the full moon of a worshiper's butt pointed away from it.
Extra points for the engraved inscription to include "It's Bush's Fault!"