Building a Monument to First Responders

Monument site construction paused for winter

Construction is officially paused during hopefully a short winter season at the monument site. With the large beams in place, both sculptural elements in proper position and the majority of the concrete work done, the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial is a wonderful destination to visit, even though not yet complete.

What remains to be finished will be stone caps for the concrete walls, pavers for the ground, and signage that lists our wonderful donors and the story of the Memorial. There will be another kidney bean shaped concrete ground form around the free standing sculptural element.

Two additional broken/horizontal beams will be placed there and we hope to have a bronze sculpture of a folded firefighter uniform over boots and police uniform over boots in place there as well. If funds are raised for these additional sculptures, they will be placed in the late spring to early summer as our Monumental Artist Erik Blome is leaving in the next few weeks for Egypt for work on his Fullbright Award. He will be in Egypt for several months.

In the new year, the wonderful Monumental Team at the Oak Lawn Park District will begin working on the wood forms for the center kidney bean shaped concrete area. The rest of the Monumental Team will be working on the signage and the final details that will ensure that our Monument is everything it can be.

Please plan on coming by and seeing it! It is really something special. We are very proud and appreciative of the community support which has gotten us this far. It won’t be long until completion now!

The Monument can be seen at the Metra Station indicated with the blue symbol at the center of the map above.

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