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Mendon Firefighters Honor their Brothers on 9/11

The dedication ceremony for the 9/11 Memorial housed in the Mendon Fire Station was held on the Tenth Anniversary of the attacks. Mendon Fire Lt. Michael Zarella, who headed the memorial effort that includes a display of a steel beam from the World Trade Center and honors the 346 New York firefighters who died during the rescue attempt, spoke at the ceremony.

Mendon firefighters marked the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center by honoring their 346 brothers, members of the New York City fire department who died that day. On Sunday, September 11, 2011, the Mendon department dedicated a memorial, a rusted and bent steel beam from one of the towers that collapsed a decade ago, during a solemn ceremony at the Morrison Drive fire station attended by dozens and dozens of townspeople, Mendon police and firefighters from surrounding towns.

The project was spearheaded by Mendon Fire Lt. Michael Zarella, who has spent the last 10 years, working on the memorial that holds a place of honor in the fire station lobby. All funding for the project was provided through private donations from residents, businesses and organizations. The memorial, done in chrome and glass features a flat screen TV which continually plays 22 hours of images taken or obtained by Zarella relating to the attack, the names of the fallen firefighters and the rusted beam obtained from the hangar at JFK airport in New York where debris from ground zero is housed under the direction of the Port Authority. Zarella made the trip to New York to obtain the beam after countless hours contacting authorities and getting approval from the U.S. District Court of New York, since the item could possibly be evidence in some future case.

Reacting to the solemnity of the occasion, most Mendon residents stood in silent tribute before the memorial, eyes fixed on the twisted steel beam or quietly reading the names of those firefighters who had perished.

The number of firefighters who lost their lives was made even more poignant by the hundreds of American flags that filled the lawn and lined the long, long driveway to the fire station, each one holding the name of a fireman who died in the rescue effort after the attacks.

The twisted and rusted steel beam that survived the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The beam is part of a memorial in the Mendon Fire Department lobby, which remembers

the 346 firefighters who did not

survive that day.


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