September 10, 2011

Preparing to Commemorate

SDP  9-10-11
Without any context, this is a bit of an odd photo....so, I'll explain. The red, white and blue tarp is covering something which will be unveiled in Sarasota on September 11th. What's underneath is no secret, so I'll share: it's a steel beam from the World Trade Center. It weighs approximately 2,500 pounds and stands nearly 25 feet. Unfortunately, that's all the New York Port Authority, which gave it to the city, knows about it.  Positioned outside the Sarasota Police Headquarters, it will be a great tribute to the first responders who died on September 11th. Interesting tidbit:  Someone involved with the project told me he called a local fumigation company to borrow an oversized tarp for a couple of weeks to cover the piece prior to Sept. 11th. When the owner of Key Fumigation heard what it was for, he insisted on manufacturing a huge custom made red, white and blue tarp --- at no cost.  Apparently, some of his materials were stored in Miami (a 3.5-hour drive from Sarasota), so he drove down there, fetched what he needed and returned and made the tarp overnight.  Wow.  The tarp will be pulled just before the first jet would have hit the World Trade Center. It should be quite an event. (And, yes, the owner of Key Fumigation will be recognized for his contribution.)

6 comments:

Kathy said...

I saw a segment on last night's news about these thousands of pieces of remnants left from the terrorist attack which have been transported all across our country to large cities and small so that every single American will be near an actual piece of the trade center. We will never forget!

Birdman said...

Dedication comes in many forms.

Lois said...

We have one of the beams here in Tallahassee too and it will become part of a permanent 9/11 memorial being built here. That is a wonderful story about the tarp and I like how you included the flag in your picture!

Farmchick said...

A nice tribute from that gentlemen who provided the tarp.

Dr. Moxie Awesome said...

I was at the ceremony this morning and it's a stunning piece.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What a wonderful story you have shared of personal involvement, of individuals contributing to the honor of those killed that day and all the heros to follow.

Bises,
Genie