Newton, MA (PRWEB) January 31, 2012
The Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee announced that the site for its monument, honoring the eight Newton residents killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, has been chosen. After searching for seven months, the Committee voted on January 23rd to accept an invitation from Newton Fire Chief Bruce Proia to place the memorial at Newton Fire Department headquarters, on 1164 Centre Street, in Newton’s commercial hub.
“We are thrilled to have such a beautiful home for our memorial in Newton Centre,” said Sande Young, president and founder of the Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee. “I love the site. It is sunny, spacious, easy to find, and easy to walk and drive to.”
Working closely with Mayor Setti Warren’s office to find the monument a home, Young’s committee had settled on key characteristics for the site. It was to be a central Newton location that would be visible, serene, and permanent. The site needed, Young explained, to be comfortable for a single visitor and large enough to accommodate 100 for 9/11 commemorations.
The Newton Centre location is far enough from the sidewalk to be quiet. The site is bordered by state conservation land that can handle a crowd.
The headquarters parcel was not the first pick of the Committee, which originally hoped to place the memorial on spacious City Hall grounds. After meetings with Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bob DeRubeis and the appointed officials of the Parks and Recreation Commission, however, the City Hall property was off the table. Commissioner DeRubeis next proposed the headquarters site.
The Committee and its architect liked the site and met with Chief Proia to confirm that he welcomed the monument.
“We are so grateful for Chief Proia’s support,” Young said. “And we’re grateful to Mayor Warren and Commissioner DeRubeis for their steadfast commitment to finding our memorial a home.”
Young hopes to break ground for the monument in Newton Centre this summer. Meanwhile, the Committee’s fundraising, which is about two-thirds complete, will continue.
The Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. For more information, please visit http://www.newton9-11.org/.