Local 9/11 remembrances include new Palm Harbor monument
PALM HARBOR - The unveiling of a monument that includes a remnant from the World Trade Center in New York was among several local events commemorating the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Curlew Hills Memory Gardens offered to build and sustain a monument encasing a 150-pound steel beam from the twin towers that the city's fire department acquired through the New York Port Authority. The rusted beam is attached to two granite columns that represent the twin towers. Hundreds of people turned out for the unveiling ceremony at the cemetery, 1750 Curlew Road. Speakers included Fire Department of New York Battalion Chief Michael Gala Jr. and Florida Fire Marshall Julius Halas.More than 1,000 pieces from the towers has been distributed around the country for use in similar memorials. Elsewhere in the area, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined members of Tampa Fire Rescue in a brief ceremony at the Tampa Firefighters Museum in downtown Tampa. Moments of silence were held at fire stations in Clearwater and St. Petersburg. A tribute to heroes was at Sutton Park in Palmetto. A Patriot Day breakfast honoring veterans was held at the Vinoy Renaissance hotel in St. Petersburg. Also, a memorial service is slated for 7 p.m. at Sims Park in New Port Richey.