March 19, 2012 was a powerful day. A day to once again honor the first responders who sacrificed everything on September 11th, 2001. It was a day of “Resolve and Remembrance.” Resolve to continue to honor all who sacrificed and to continue to teach about the events of 9/11 and Remembrance to never forget what happened on that day in New York that impacted the entire United States of America.
A Historical Journey
March 19th was the official starting day for the Carmel 9/11 Resolve & Remembrance Memorial. Amidst a small group of Carmel, NY, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey Firefighters, steel from an I-Beam from the World Trade Center was cut and placed in a memorial box that will travel across the country to its resting spot in Northern California. A powerful element about this journey is that the steel will be exchanged city by city, hand by hand, from first-responder to first-responder, until it reaches Monterey County, California. The first and only 911 memorial on the West Coast.
A Powerful and Emotional First Day
While the steel will be permanently memorialized in Monterey County, CA, the day started in Manhattan. From there the steel was cut and placed in the memorial box. The firefighters and memorial organizers then drove with NY State Police escort to the Carmel, NY city limits. Once the procession entered Carmel, it was met with a motorcycle escort through city streets and intersections until it arrived at the Carmel Fire Station. The procession was welcomed by three engines in the driveway, with one of the engine’s ladders fully extended and an American flag draped from the top. The escort and amazing welcome was organized by the Carmel NY firefighters and it was truly a sight to see.
Soon after arriving, the Carmel, NY, Firefighters then ceremoniously handed the steel to the Carmel/Monterey CA Firefighters – with handshakes and coast-to-coast greetings.
Memorializing the Steel
The focus in the memorial is an actual piece of steel from the World Trade Center wreckage. It was solemnly placed into a memorial box designed out of Ipe wood, one of the strongest on earth. The box was designed to resemble the new memorial fountains that occupy the space that was left vacant from the foundations of the original World Trade Center towers.
Following the Journey
We have donated PocketFinder GPS Locators so that people from all over the country can locate the steel and participate by following it along the journey. To locate the steel, visit our memorial page.
PocketFinder fully supports this cause and is donating $9.11 for every Personal device that is sold during the journey.
Learn More and Donate
To learn more about this powerful memorial or to donate, visit the Carmel 9/11 Memorial website.