To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the Hartsville Fire Company will be dedicating its new 9/11 memorial at 6 p.m. Sept. 11.
“It’s going to be rather attractive,” said Ed Pfeiffer, chairman of the 9/11 committee.
Located at 1195 York Road, Warminster, the memorial features two columns representing the World Trade Center, each 13 feet high. Behind the two columns is a 12-foot piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The memorial is cut into the front lawn of the Hartsville Fire Station and is lined by a stone wall.
“There was nothing here,” Pfeiffer said. “We wanted it to be out where people can see it and never forget.”
Several plaques are placed in the center of the wall with the names of 403 emergency service workers who died Sept. 11, 2001. The two stones placed in front of the dedicated walls are from Independence Hall and, Ed Pfeiffer said, were the start of the project.
The piece of steel was awarded to the Hartsville Fire Company by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The fire company applied for the piece and was able to pick it up in April. It then transported it by a car trailer from New York to the station.
Pfeiffer said the steel piece was a vertical beam in one of the Twin Towers and is coated in epoxy to stop further rusting. The bottom of the steel is jagged and Pfeiffer suspects it was ripped apart when the building collapsed.
The ground is lined with bricks, where there are approximately 300 personalized ones, which people have bought as contributions to the memorial. Pfeiffer said because of the contributions, the fire company has nearly balanced the budget for the memorial.
The memorial is still being constructed and will be finished in September. It was constructed by the Hartsville Fire Company members and friends.
In addition to the dedication, the flag service Hartsville Fire Company holds every year will be held at 7 p.m. during which the names of the fallen firefighters from 9/11 will be read.
“We hope people never forget what happened that day,” Pfeiffer said. “We’re hoping we never forget the sacrifice of those people.”
As the names of the fallen service people are read, flags representing fallen firefighters will be retrieved from the lawn.
In addition to remembering those that died on Sept. 11, 2001, there will also be a reflection for locals John Kulick and Tristan Smith, who have flags and plaques on the wall as well. They were killed in action in Afghanistan and were part of the first responder community. Both joined the military in response to Sept. 11.
“We miss John,” said Pfeiffer, who knew Kulick from his service in the community.
The station will be open on Sept. 11 from sun up to sun down for any visitors who want to stop at the memorial, “to stop, reflect and remember,” a Hartsville Fire Company press release said.
While the memorial is designed to commemorate the service people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the fire company encourages others to come to the memorial and remember people they lost.
“[All the service people] perished trying to save lives,” Pfeiffer said.
For more information visit www.hartsvillefc.org or call 215-672-9242.