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Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter received artifact from the World Trade Center
Fourteen-foot long section of the third rail from the PATH train stop located under The World Trade Center to be a destination along the new walking path in the garden space at the Chapter’s headquarters.
Houston, TX (August 11, 2016) – “We are honored to accept an artifact from the World Trade Center (WTC) for our soon to be created 9/11 memorial,” said Richard Elbein, CEO of Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. “Every day we work to support those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers. We are dedicated to helping them find ways to stay connected to important memories and to each other. This artifact represents an important memory in our community and in our nation’s history. It was clear that we needed to help honor and preserve those important cultural memories as well.”
“Dedicated to the courageous acts and tragic losses of September 11, 2001, this commemoration will offer a place for respite and reflection.” said John Harris, Staff Lead for Federal Public Policy. “We are proud to become the home of one of the only artifacts from the World Trade Center in Texas.”
Recognizing the importance of preserving and honoring memories, Elbein requested an artifact from the Twin Towers to create a memorial along the new garden path on the spacious grounds of the Chapter’s headquarters. The artifact, a portion of steel rail from the PATH station located in the WTC basement, bears witness to the train operators who bravely continued to evacuate victims as the building collapsed around them. It was gifted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Houston Police Department escorted the artifact on the final leg of its trip. Direct Scaffolding Supply was on-site to receive the 700-pound artifact and provided the in-kind donation of unloading and placing the piece in storage to await the Fall 2016 unveiling.
Construction on the memorial and walking path has already begun and a dedication ceremony will be scheduled this Fall in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Elbein says, “On 9/11, our first responders bravely set aside concern for their own safety in order to serve others. We see caregivers on a family scale, every day, set aside their own lives to care for someone they love. Our hope is that this new monument will be a space that honors the brave men and women who worked courageously on 9/11 and all those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.”
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