The Medina 9/11 Memorial is scheduled to be dedicated at 10:03 a.m. Saturday. The time honors United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania at that time on Sept. 11, 2001.
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MEDINA — The Medina 9/11 Memorial dedication ceremony at 10:03 a.m. Saturday could draw as many as 1,000 people, organizers say.
The memorial honors those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Organizers want the memorial to be a tribute to first responders, search and rescue canine/handler teams and the military.
Kelly Low, past president of the Medina Rotary Club that raised about $100,000 for the project, said she was blown away by the memorial, which was finished Thursday.
“It left me speechless,” she said.
Low credited #1 Landscaping, a design/build firm in Granger Township, for its work on the memorial.
“It has turned out better than anybody expected, including #1 Landscaping,” she said. “So many people have called and emailed saying how nice it is.”
Low said the other day she was at the site off North Huntington Street behind Medina Fire Station 1, 300 W. Reagan Parkway, when she ran into a father and his 5- or 6-year-old son. The father was explaining what happened in the attack and how important it is in America’s history.
“It was validation,” she said. “That made my day.”
Fourteen flags of other countries that lost citizens during 9/11 have been erected. #1 Landscaping used elements such as a scale footprint of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and an actual I-beam from the North Tower as the centerpiece.
Low secured the I-beam on behalf of the Medina Rotary Club.
At the World Trade Center in New York, 2,871 people died, including 2,468 workers and 403 first responders. It took 3.1 million hours of labor to clean up 1.8 million tons of debris (108,000 truckloads).
The memorial highlights hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, which flew over Medina County before it crashed in Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m. on 9/11.
Before Saturday’s dedication, the Medina Rotary Club will sponsor a dinner at 7 tonight at Williams on the Lake. Special Forces Green Beret Chris Spence will be the guest speaker. He was one of the first on the ground in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was part of a group that became known as “The Horse Soldiers,” which was the subject of the movie, “12 Strong.”
Saturday’s dedication is free to the public, and visitors are asked to park across North Huntington Street at Regal Cinema.
Several dignitaries will be on hand, including Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township; state Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick; Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi; Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh; Seville Mayor Carol Carter; and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth.
Low said 300 chairs will be set up at the standing-room only event. The city might open the garage bays at the fire station, which would allow more people to hear the speakers.
The Rotary Club will provide lapel pins and commemorative agendas to those who attend the event.
“I’m so happy with how people have stepped up out of nowhere to help,” Low said.