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Danbury 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

 

Danbury, CT Press Release

 

September 6, 2006

 

Mayor Mark Boughton will join local officials on September 11 in remembering the five year anniversary of the attacks. The Mayor will lead a Remembrance Ceremony at Danbury’s 9-11 Memorial on Main Street. The entire Greater Danbury Community has been invited to attend the 9-11 Memorial Remembrance Ceremony beginning at 7pm.  

 

Mayor Boughton said, “This year’s ceremony is significant in that it marks the 5 year anniversary of the attacks and it also reminds us all of the need to remember those who lost their lives and loved ones on that tragic day. Our beautiful memorial, located in the heart of our city, will serve as a gathering place for this event and I strongly encourage everyone from Danbury and the surrounding area to join us as we remember this important event in our nation’s history.”  

 

To commemorate this year’s anniversary of the event, the ceremony will include remarks from the Mayor as well as keynote speakers and spiritual leaders.  

 

“We hope the ceremony will provide residents, families and friends with an opportunity to come together in loving memory of those who were affected by the events which took place 5 years ago”, Mayor Boughton added.  

 

In 2003 the Mayor announced at a community September 11 Memorial service that the City of Danbury would erect a permanent September 11 Memorial and dedicated it on September 11, 2004. As a result Mayor Boughton appointed Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr. to chair the September 11 Memorial Committee with representatives of the September 11 families from Danbury, members of the Danbury Police and Fire Department and the Greater Danbury Coalition for a Community United. The committee was given $45,000 by the City of Danbury for the project and asked to design an appropriate tribute to the residents of Danbury lost in the September 11 attacks on the United States.  

 

The September 11 Memorial Committee began their task by selecting a world-renowned glass sculpture artist to design a sculpture for Danbury. Henry Richardson of Easthampton, Massachusetts met with the Committee several times and presented samples of his work. A glass tower design similar to his sculpture owned by the DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park in Massachusetts was selected for the Danbury September 11 Memorial.  

 

While the sound of breaking glass calls to mind the image of destruction, Richardson's use of broken glass is the element of creation. He cuts the glass, shapes it with a chisel, and then bonds it together to create his sculptures.  

 

The Danbury September 11 Memorial sculpture was constructed by taking huge sheets of ½ inch Starfire glass and cutting out the center parts of 28 inch squares and using a hammer and chisel to chisel out the inner space, forming a 21 inch square by 144 inch interior space – representing the absence of the World Trade Towers to their proportional dimensions. The interior empty space is the same proportional dimensions as the physical presence of both Towers.  

 

The inner polished glass panel has engraved, on the backside, the names of all the Connecticut victims. Danbury residents’ names are highlighted at eye-level. That interior glass is made of 3 panels of ¾ inch Starfire glass fused together with silicate polymer, which is also used to fuse the large space panels to form the center tower. The outer glass individual ½ inch sections are welded together with a translucent silicate polymer to create an outer tower twelve feet tall.  

 

The Danbury September 11 Memorial, located in historic Elmwood Park on Main Street, is a twelve-foot tower of glass mounted on a pentagon of Connecticut granite. The front of the tower faces north and is complemented by a backdrop of fescue and the Elmwood Park Christmas tree. The glass tower lines up with the lighted flagpole flying the U.S. flag previously flown over the U.S. Capitol and the 9-11 Memorial Flag. The glass tower is lighted from dusk to dawn.  

 

The Danbury community embraced the September 11 Memorial with generous donations to complete the $140,000 project. Numerous cash and in-kind donations added to the city’s $45,000 commitment produced a spectacular addition to Danbury as a very special permanent tribute to our neighbors lost on September 11, 2001.  

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