To commemorate the 343 firefighters and paramedics who died in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and the Curlew Hills Memory Gardens have partnered to erect a new memorial in remembrance of these fallen heroes.
The new 9/11 memorial encases a 150 pound steel beam acquired by the New York Port Authority. The ceremony and unveiling will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. The event features guest emcee Jack Harris, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter fly over. The Ozona Elementary School Choir, the City of Dunedin Pipe Band and the Fire Department Honor Guards will also perform.
To support the memorial, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue is seeking donations to sponsor each of the 343 FDNY firefighters’ names on the bronze plaques at the memorial. Every $100.00 donor will receive an engraved bracelet and picture of their honored hero. FreightCenter.com, a local freight shipping and logistics company, offered to sponsor water bottle coolies for the event. “It really is the least we can do to support such a great cause,” said Matthew Brosious, CEO of FreightCenter.com. “As an Army Ranger myself, I truly respect all the men and women who protect and serve.”
Last year, FreightCenter arranged shipping of a Twin Tower I-beam dedicated on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In July 2011, the company arranged transport of a recovered 1,450-pound nine-foot beam from Ground Zero to Seattle on behalf of the Clallam County Public Safety Tribute Committee.
The Palm Harbor 9/11 Memorial dedication event is free to the public. For more information, please visit the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue website at http://www.palmharborfd.com or call (727)784-0454.