9/11

14th anniversary of 9/11 to be observed at All Patriots Memorial

Tiffin- All Patriots MemorialIn memory of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, several events have been planned at the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial, located at the corner of N. Washington and Water Streets in Tiffin, for Friday, Sept. 11, the 14th anniversary of 9/11.

In honor of police officers and firefighters, the Tifffin Police and Fire Departments will gather at the memorial at 8:45 a.m. The ceremony will include the placement of a wreath at the memorial, and the raising of a flag donated by Tiffin native serving in the U.S. Air Force, Richie Martin. Martin’s crew flew the flag over Iraq on the last day of the Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn campaign on the last C130 plane out of the country. The flag is flown at half-mast over the site every Sept. 11.

Events for Tiffin City Schools and Calvert Catholic Schools students will be held throughout the day, followed by another community event at 7:30 p.m. At that time, the flag will once again be raised to full-mast.

Dedicated in September 2012, the All Patriots Memorial features a a 17.5′ long, 6,268 pound steel beam from the World Trade Center. The 16,000 square foot memorial also contains tributes to the Pentagon and Pennsylvania Flight 93. The names  of Tiffin police and fire forces who fell in the line of duty is carved on the granite base of the monument along with the words “Never Forget.”

All Patriots Memorial was recently recognized by DiscoverOhio.com. Click here to read their article.

Community remembers 9/11 at All Patriots Memorial

DSC_005913 years following the destruction that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial held a memorial service to remember the events that occurred on the historic day. The day’s events began with a program held for Tiffin Columbian and Tiffin Calvert freshmen students, where a documentary was watched at Columbian before being bused to the memorial for special remarks.

Later that day, thanks to a grant from The National Machinery Foundation and help from The Ritz Theatre, a second memorial service was held free for the public. People began the program at The Ritz Theatre, where a documentary regarding the 9/11 events was shown. Following the documentary, people proceeded to the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial. During the memorial services, various speakers shared their reflections on the tragic day’s events that occurred thirteen years ago.

The 17.5 foot long steel center column, weighing over 6,000 pounds, was retrieved following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. On August 23, 2011, three Tiffin Firefighters and one retired firefighter traveled to New York City’s JFK Airport to retrieve the steel artifact. The Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial was dedicated in September of 2012. The memorial sits in Tiffin, Ohio, on the corner of North Washington Street and Water Street, along the Sandusky River.

Tiffin’s 9/11 memorial is a “must see”

All Patriots Memorial ParkThis week, I had the chance to spend some time at the All Patriots Memorial park in downtown Tiffin. Even though I previously had the chance to hear stories and read about it (and found it an amazing story), being there was a deeply moving experience.

The story is a good one. In August 2011, Tiffin was honored to be one of the select communities to receive a 17.5′ long, 6,268 pound piece of American history–a steel beam from the World Trade Center destroyed in terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. A group of police and fire fighters as well as community members got together, raised more than $375,000 locally in goods, services, and donations to make the 16,000 square foot Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial a reality. It was dedicated on September 9, 2012.

The site is full of symbolism:

  • The date – The beam is set in granite at a 9.11 degree angle.
  • The message – the words “Never Forget” are carved in huge letters on the setting and the phrase is used for national tragedies like 9/11.
  • New York – the World Trade Center beam in the center still has the investigator’s ID written on it (“M-18”)
  • New York – a Callery Pear tree, the same type as the Survivor Tree, has been planted at the site.
  • Pentagon – The granite setting’s pentagon shape evokes the Pentagon attack.
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – a granite posts displays “In memory of Flight 93.”
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – the post is 40″ high, representing the 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives.
  • Pennsylvania (Flight 93) – there a dirt mound that represents the pile at the actual crash sight.
  • Police & Fire – the names of Tiffin police and fire forces who fell in the line of duty is carved on the granite as well.
  • Police & Fire – on one side of the US flag is the National Fallen Police flag; on the other the National Fallen Firefighters flag.

What I find even more significant is that this site has become a place for the community to not only remember 9/11 but also to come together to grieve and mourn other local and national tragedies, such as the Newtown, Connecticut shootings in December 2012.

Here are some additional pictures I snapped during my visit: