MEDINA — The dedication ceremony for the Medina 9/11 memorial will be July 28, organizer Kelly Low told Medina City Council members Monday night.
Low, of the Medina Evening Rotary Club, is the driving force behind the memorial that will be erected south of Fire Station 1, 300 W. Reagan Parkway.
The memorial is expected to cost about $75,000, which has been financed by the Rotary Club.
“(United) Flight 93 flew over southwestern Medina County that morning as we went about our day,” Low said. “Today’s youth under the age of 19 either were not alive or don’t remember (what happened that day). This memorial will be one way to show them a piece of history that changed our way of life.
“It is our hope that all communities throughout Medina County will recognize this memorial as a symbol of our perseverance and unity. It will honor those who perished, our first responders and our veterans.”
There will be several fundraising opportunities in the next few months to help Rotary recoup money it paid for the memorial, she said, including a buy-a-brick program, sponsorships, a GoFundMe page through Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack’s community fund and the sale of a custom Medina 9/11 memorial coin. The coin is in production, Low said.
She said residents soon will be asked to send in their personal stories and memories of 9/11.
“With a collection of these stories, we plan on putting together a booklet to be sold as a fundraiser to provide all future Medina County students with a copy,” Low said.
There will be links added on how to donate to the cause at medinarotary.org.
Low said among the guests at the July 28 ceremony will be several state representatives, a survivor of 9/11, a Medina County sheriff’s deputy who aided the search-and-rescue effort in New York, and a Green Beret who was one of the first troops deployed to Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attack. His unit was portrayed in the movie “12 strong.”
An 8-foot steel beam from the north tower of the World Trade Center will be used on the 9/11 memorial.
“It’s taken a long time to find the right location and to find support,” Mayor Dennis Hanwell said.
“We can’t think of a better place to help commemorate the sacrifices that were made and the terror that was bestowed on our country than this parcel next to Fire Station 1, where we have ample parking and can give people an opportunity to reflect, as well as maintain that history.”
Number One Landscaping, 3775 Ridge Road, Medina, will handle the construction, which could take six to eight weeks.
Upon completion, Rotary wants the city to accept the memorial as a gift.
Council President John Coyne said he thinks the memorial will be a great addition to the city.
Councilman Mark Kolesar agreed.
“It’s a fantastic thing you’re adding to our community,” he said.
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