World Trade Center Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Officials at Atlantic City International Airport today dedicated a memorial featuring steel recovered from the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The recovered steel was presented to the airport by Bill Baroni, Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Acting Executive Director Sam Donelson accepted the memorial on behalf of the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA).
“I would like to thank the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for their generosity in donating this piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers. Their efforts made this memorial possible,” said SJTA Acting Executive Director Sam Donelson. “I would also like to thank all in attendance here today for helping us dedicate the memorial to all those brave souls who perished as well as those who serve to protect us every day,” he continued.
“The Port Authority’s World Trade Center steel memorial will provide the Atlantic City International Airport community with a lasting tribute to those who we lost in the 9/11 attacks,’’ said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “Memorials created from recovered World Trade Center steel now grace communities in all 50 states, and it is right that Atlantic City International Airport have a permanent place to remember all that we lost 12 years ago.”
Prior to the dedication, SJTA Fireman Clarence Wesley recited the Fireman’s Prayer and remarks were given by the Acting Fire Chief, Edward Conrow. The ceremony closed with Vietnam War veteran Pat Moschetto’s rendition of God Bless America.
The steel was incorporated in a display designed by the Port Authority’s Architectural Unit and SJTA employees oversaw construction of the memorial. The design features a square concrete surface symbolic of the World Trade Center tower footprint and is oriented so viewers stand between the artifact and a U.S. flag near the entrance to the airport’s passenger terminal. Construction of the memorial was done by the Kline Construction Company of Galloway, New Jersey.
An inscription included with the display reads in part, “This steel, salvaged from the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, stands here in memory of the heroes we lost, and in honor of the first responders who performed so bravely in the aftermath of 9/11.”