A memorial created at the Rock of Ages, Barre, VT, commemorating the workers of 9/11 was transported down I-91 Friday afternoon on its way to the 9/11 Memorial site in NYC. Fire departments gathered at overpasses to pay respect and acknowledge the convoy as it passed through the area; these photos, courtesy of Emily Bernard, were taken near Ascutney, VT.
According to the Vermont Division of Fire Safety’s Facebook page, “Construction on the 9/11 Memorial Glade began in fall 2018 to create a dedicated space to honor the ongoing sacrifice of rescue, recovery and relief workers, and the survivors and members of the broader lower Manhattan community, who are sick or have died from exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of 9/11. The Glade will also recognize the courage, selflessness and perseverance of the men and women of the rescue and recovery effort.
“Large blocks of quarried granite have been transformed by the Rock of Ages granite manufacturing company in Barre, Vt. into six monoliths, they will be installed on the 9/11 Memorial Glade. The monoliths will travel six hours south on flatbed trucks and escorted by Vermont Firefighters and Marshals through the Green Mountains and the rolling hills of New England. When they arrive in lower Manhattan, they will meet a scene of workers assembling a 600-ton crane. This crane will safely swing the monoliths onto the site over the 30-foot oak trees on the plaza.
“As the focal point of the 9/11 Memorial Glade, the monoliths’ rough edges and large size will honor the challenges faced by those whom the Glade memorializes.”
Many of those who were fortunate enough to see the convoy being honored by groups of fire fighters and large American flags spoke of how powerful the moment was to experience personally, seeing fire fighters saluting as the flatbeds passed by.