9/11 tribute to stand in Crescent Springs

January 7, 2012 by  

With just $8,000 raised for the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial Project, organizers say there’s a long way to go until $150,000 is raised to erect the project in Crescent Springs.

The capital campaign to erect a memorial to commemorate the fallen men and women and the thousands of lives lost will include a piece of actual steel from the site of the World Trade Centre. It was obtained by the local fire and EMS department in 2011 prior to the tenth anniversary of the attack.

Early discussions had organizers planning to place it at the intersection of Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road, beside the Kenton County Veterans Memorial. The working title was the Kenton County 9/11 Memorial, however, the committee thought it best to involve all Northern Kentucky communities while keeping the memorial in Crescent Springs.

“We want to involve the citizens of Northern Kentucky. We need to keep this out before the public,”

said Lou Hartfiel of Crescent Springs, a member of the memorial placement committee. Banner printing will be utilized to keep residents of all Northern Kentucky counties aware of the capital campaign’s progress.

Current plans for the $150,000 memorial are to build it in a pentagonal shape in granite etched with a pictorial display of the Twin Towers featuring a historical timeline. The design has been submitted by local artist Nancy Holian.

Fundraisers in the three counties of Northern Kentucky are planned beginning with a comedy night at Greaves Concert Hall at Northern Kentucky University. Members are hoping to unveil the memorial in Sept. 2012.

Donations can be made via the committee’s website at www.nky911memorial.org.