Design of New 9/11 Memorial Sculpture in Bucks County Unveiled

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The Board of Bucks County Commissioners and the Travis Manion Foundation unveiled the design of the 9/11 Memorial sculpture that will be installed at the new Bucks County Justice Center.

Bucks County community leaders and the artist who designed the sculpture pose for a picture with the rendering.

Bucks County community leaders and the artist who designed the sculpture pose for a picture with the rendering.

She was excited at the prospect of bringing a piece of our nation’s collective history home to Bucks County and envisioned creating a public memorial that symbolized the resilient spirit of America.

The Board of Bucks County Commissioners and the Travis Manion Foundation unveiled the design of the 9/11 Memorial sculpture that will serve as the centerpiece of the new Bucks County Justice Center’s pocket park on Sept. 23.

The sculpture entitled “Renew. Resolve. Remember.” will feature a 20-ft steel I-beam from the rubble of the World Trade Center that was granted to the Travis Manion Foundation by the Port Authority of New York in 2009. “This project began five years ago after my mother and founder of the Travis Manion Foundation, Janet Manion, read an article in the Wall Street Journal detailing the available artifacts from the World Trade Center,” Ryan Manion Borek, President of the Travis Manion Foundation said. “She was excited at the prospect of bringing a piece of our nation’s collective history home to Bucks County and envisioned creating a public memorial that symbolized the resilient spirit of America.” Upon receiving the beam, the Foundation donated it to the County of Bucks in 2011 in hopes that the county would erect a fitting monument for the entire community to observe.

“After the Travis Manion Foundation donated the beam to Bucks County, we joined together to realize Janet’s dream of having a 9/11 Memorial sculpture in Doylestown,” Bucks County Commissioner Chairman Robert Loughery said. “We put together a committee of community representatives to oversee the development of the sculpture and the committee put out a call to the local community and asked artists to propose designs for the sculpture.” The “Renew. Resolve. Remember.” sculpture, designed by artist Alan Goldstein and architect Richard Bartels, was selected following the extensive search.

Goldstein is a native New Yorker who grew up in Brooklyn, and now lives in New Hope, Pa. Architect Richard Bartels brings more than 40 years of experience in the field to the project. Goldstein expressed that the memorial is not a war memorial, but a memorial to recognize the resiliency of our nation and it will be dedicated to all members of the military, veterans, first responders, and citizens of the United States that were affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Present for the unveiling of the design were President of the Travis Manion Foundation, Ryan Manion Borek; Bucks County Commissioners Robert Loughery and Charles Martin; and sculpture artist Alan Goldstein.

The sculpture is expected to be open to the public upon completion in summer 2015, but donations are needed to support the development of the memorial. A donor recognition plaque will be present at the park to acknowledge top-level donors and major financial contributions from the community.

For more information about the sculpture or to make a donation, visit http://www.TravisManion.org/911memorial.

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