ESAB Partners with Veterans Park to Build 9/11 Monument

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ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has partnered with the Florence Veterans Park and several other local organizations to build a monument in memory of Sept. 11, 2001. The monument includes a piece of limestone from the west facade of the Pentagon - the side of the building struck by the passenger jet on 9/11.

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has partnered with the Florence Veterans Park Committee to build a monument to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 09/11. The monument will be unveiled and dedicated at a public ceremony at Florence Veterans Park at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 2011.

The 9-11 Monument stands 15 feet tall and 8 feet wide, and features a piece of stone from the rubble left after the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Barringer Wingard, chair of the Veterans Park Committee, obtained the Pentagon stone and recruited sculptor Alex Palkovich to design the monument. Palkovich had designed and built the inaugural sculpture at the park, which features an American eagle.

The 6,500 pound monument is a representation of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The towers are crowned with twin pentagons, with the stone from the Pentagon building set in the center. The stone is a 185-pound piece of limestone from the west façade of the Pentagon, and part of the original construction in 1942. The west façade was the portion of the building struck by the passenger jet on September 11, 2001.

Sculptor Alex Palkovich designed the monument so that the twin towers are in the same scale as the original buildings, but 165 times smaller. “This scale complements the limestone remnant,” said Palkovich. “We are also using the same type of steel that was used to construct the actual twin towers in New York City.”

Vulcraft Florence donated the steel plate, which was cut to size at the Advanced Cutting Lab at ESAB Florence by Travis Blackwell and Joe Warren. The monument was fabricated by 4 ESAB employees – Bob Bitzky, Jeff Garraux, Jay Ginder, and David Veverka – who donated their time. The steel was polished and finished by John Johnson at United Painting in Florence.

“We were honored to donate the welding materials and time to this monument,” said Mark Elender, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products. “We feel it is important for the Florence community to remember and honor our fellow countrymen whose lives were lost during the attacks on September 11.”

The 9-11 Monument will be unveiled and dedicated at a ceremony at Florence Veterans Park at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 2011. The public is invited to attend. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Florence Civic Center.

Other organizations actively supporting this project include Armstrong Wealth Management, Brown Memorials, City of Florence, Crown Beverage, Ervin Engineering, Jebaily Law Firm, King Cadillac, Neff Rentals, Nucor Steel, SOPAKCO, Taylor Garden & Gifts and Vulcraft Florence.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is one of the world’s largest and most experienced manufacturers of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals. Recognized as the technological leader in the industry, ESAB is committed to providing cost effective solutions for its customers. For more information, visit http://www.esabna.com or call 1-800-ESAB-123.

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