FVTC horticulture students lay foundation for 9/11 memorial

August 3, 2012

From wbay.com: “Horticulture students lay foundation for 9/11 Memorial” — Town of Greenville - About a half dozen students from Fox Valley Technical college helped lay the groundwork for a 9/11 memorial in the Town of Greenville Thursday.

The centerpiece for that memorial will be two steel beams from the World Trade Center.

The students have been working on the community service project since the start of the summer.

“It had a lot of prep work we did actually off-site, and then when we came here it just all went together all very well,” said Steve Brockman, horticulture student.

Those students put brick down for the memorial walk and patio plus dug holes for roses and a crab tree that will reflect the events on September 11, 2001, and honor the lives that were lost.

“We have a five-sided patio with a five-sided center, because the center of the Pentagon is open, so that would be a visual of the Pentagon. And even though that’s a square hole with water in it, that’s symbolic of a hole in the ground in Pennsylvania. And the two towers represent, the two beams represent the twin towers,” said Jim Beard, Fox Valley Tech horticulture instructor.

The two steel beams that were once part of the World Trade Center each weigh 2,700 pounds.  The Town of Greenville’s Fire and Rescue will add them to its memorial in two weeks.

“There are a lot of people that stop by and want to come down and take a look at the beams. Every time I walk through the door, you get chills just looking at the beams,” said Josh Lambie, Town of Greenville firefighter.

The community is hosting a volunteer effort to help build the memorial this Saturday at the Greenville fire station.  It starts at 7:30 a.m. and will last about three hours.

Later this month, the Greenville Fire and Rescue will host a dedication ceremony for the memorial.

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