On September 11th, 2017 the 9/11 memorial tributes were unveiled to the public at a special open house held that evening to commemorate the tragic events that happened 16 years earlier in New York City, Shanksville, PA, and at the Pentagon.
These well thought-out memorials serve as the perfect tribute to the 343 FDNY firefighters, 23 NYPD police officers, 37 Port Authority Officers, and the thousands of civilian and military lives lost in the terrorist attacks that day.
The project was spearheaded and funded by the incredible generosity of the Leland Volunteer Fire Department – a non-profit group that helps support the needs of the Leland Township Fire Department. Each memorial has a bench, engraved with the name of the fire departments that protected the area (i.e.: Leland Volunteer Fire Department or the Leland Township Volunteer Fire Department) before becoming one department – what is now known as the Leland Township Fire & Rescue Department.
Both station memorials include artifact recovered from the subway rails that ran under the World Trade Center complex. Leland Township Fire Chief Rick Royston was able to secure these pieces of history prior to his retirement earlier this year. Thanks Rick!
We greatly thank the Leland Volunteer Fire Department, Popp Construction, and Stratus Marble for their generosity, hard work, and commitment to this project. Special thanks to Ken Tietje, Jim Atkinson, and Geoff Niessink who worked tirelessly behind the scenes on this project. We are humbled by these incredible tributes and cannot thank you enough! They turned out fantastic!