Monday, October 21, 2019

We will never forget

Gerald A Ladue designer of the Collier County Freedom Memorial. Submitted photos

Gerald A Ladue designer of the Collier County Freedom Memorial. Submitted photos

Our world changed on September 11, 2001. In common with the Alamo and Pearl Harbor we will never forget that tragic day. This September marks the 10th anniversary, and there will be commemorations throughout the country. One of those events, starting a bit early for fund-raising purposes, was the display of a two ton steel beam retrieved from the Twin Towers.

Mike Fagan, owner of Kerry’s Café in Shops of Marco, showed the beam outside Kerry’s on recent Sunday in February. The display was in conjunction with an ongoing fund raiser for the building of a Freedom Memorial Wall in Naples. Mike also showed two restored New York Police department police cars; a 1968 Plymouth and a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria.

As a retired New York City policeman, Mike has vivid memories of the heroics of police officers,

Bill Whelan a former NYC Firefighter current President of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters Association.

Bill Whelan a former NYC Firefighter current President of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters Association.

firefighters and other responders to the September 11 attack. He is a member of the 1013 Club, and works closely with retired firefighters on the Memorial Wall project. Mike says: “ The Memorial, which will be located at Goodlette Road and Golden Gate Parkway in Naples, is a permanent reminder of what happened on that historic and treacherous day. I believe strongly in dedicating that day to the memory of lost heroes and innocent civilians. That’s why I work closely with retired firefighters to build the permanent memorial. The American flag motif, combined with the map of the United States and engraved paving blocks, is an effort to pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our country and the victims of September 11, 2001.”

Interested persons may learn more and contribute at www.CollierRemembers.org.

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