Commemorative bricks are available for $40.
By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
AUSTINTOWN -- An eternal flame will burn as part of a township memorial honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Members of the Austintown Beautification Committee, a 20-member group spearheading the memorial effort, on Friday displayed pieces of each of the three terrorist sites.
The memorial in Trustees Park, Raccoon Road, will include a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York City, soil from the crash site of Flight 93 near Somerset, Pa., and four blocks of limestone from the Pentagon in Washington.
Pat Connolly, committee president, said a landscape architect will determine how the items will be incorporated into the memorial.
Committee members traveled to Washington last week to pick up the pieces of the Pentagon. Each of the four blocks weighs 1,165 pounds.
Ted Comeau of Niles, a friend of one of the committee members, came to the news conference Friday to see the pieces of the Pentagon. Comeau met his wife, Bonnie, in the early 1950s while she was working at the Pentagon.
Committee members hope to break ground soon. The group is expecting bids for the gazebo portion of the memorial by early next week.
"If it's within our means, we're going to go ahead with it," Connolly said.
In addition to the eternal flame and gazebo, the memorial, which would cover the majority of the one-acre park, will include a brick walkway, a wall with the names of all of the Sept. 11 victims inscribed upon it, old-fashioned lamp posts and wrought-iron benches.
Memorial bricks are available for $40. The buyer of a brick can have a message of up to 14 letters and three lines engraved. Order forms for the bricks are available in a mailbox at Trustees Park.
Planning for the memorial has been in the works for about a year.