World Trade Center Beam, Middletown

World Trade Center Beam, MiddletownMiddletown was one of several Connecticut communities that honored the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks Sunday by dedicating a portion of a steel beam recovered from one of the World Trade Center towers.

The beam was placed on display outside South Fire District headquarters on Randolph Road (Route 155).

Ceremonies commemorating the attacks were held state-wide, and sections of WTC beams were dedicated in Easton, Enfield, Manchester, Middletown, Ridgefield, Woodbridge and Stafford, and likely other communities as well.

 

 

 

 

World Trade Center Beam, Middletown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Trade Center Beam, Middletown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Trade Center Beam, Middletown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Trade Center Beam, Middletown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sphere and Netherlands Monument, New York, N.Y.

A sculpture damaged in the September 11 attack on New York’s World Trade Center now stands as a temporary memorial to the terrorists’ victims.

The Sphere, created by German sculptor Fritz Koenig, was moved to Battery Park in March of 2002 and an eternal flame was lit on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The 25-foot sculpture, originally meant to symbolize world peace through international trade, was first erected in a fountain that stood in the plaza between the trade center’s two towers.

After the attack, the damaged sculpture was recovered from the trade center rubble and placed into storage before it was put on display, with a new base, in the park (a short walk from the trade center site).

The Sphere stands almost in the shadow of a flagpole and base, dedicated in 1926, that honors the establishment of the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam in lower Manhattan.

A dedication on the monument’s west face reads, “On the 22nd of April 1625, the Amsterdam chamber of the West India Company decreed the establishment of Fort Amsterdam and the creation of the adjoining farms. The purchase of the island of Manhattan was accomplished in 1626. Thus was laid the foundation of the City of New York.”

The south face of the flagpole’s base depicts a Dutch trader purchasing Manhattan from a Native American, and also bears a dedication reading, “In testimony of ancient and unbroken friendship, this flagpole is presented to the City of New York by the Dutch people, 1926.”

The east face bears an inscription, in Dutch, that we presume matches the English inscription on the west face.

The north face bears a bas-relief map of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam shortly after its founding.

The monument was created by Dutch sculptor H.A. Van den Eyden.

The Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam surrendered to British forces in 1664, and New Amsterdam was renamed New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 11 Memorial, New Milford

New Milford honors the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a memorial overlooking a park and the Housatonic River.

The memorial features a flagpole with a pentagon-shaped base with a plaque reading, “In memory of September 11, 2001.”

Next to the flagpole, a plaque mounted on a small granite base reads, “This monument honors all those who lost their lives in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on that fateful day. It is also dedicated to all firefighters, police, EMTs, and other emergency personnel who lost their lives in service. Please respect their memory and this monument.”

The area surrounding the monument has also been decorated with a number of personal effects.

Immediately west of the monument, visitors can see Young’s Field, a New Milford recreational park, and the Housatonic River. The large hill in the background is Fort Hill, the site of a former Native American village.