Building a Monument to First Responders

We will never forget…

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At exactly 7:46 this morning, an honor guard with Oak Lawn Police and Firemen presented colors at the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial. Club President Adam Woodworth introduced Catherine Fairfield of Genesis Therapy (Oak Lawn Family Services) who gave a very moving prayer.

Adam then introduced Christina Finn of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Patriotic Pillow Project who read a poem she had written for the occasion. Adam Woodworth spoke about the life saving work of our First Responders. Sandra Bury then spoke about the work remaining at the Memorial. She showed the large commercial lighting, samples of the pavers and granite that will be installed on site.

Mr. Woodworth then invited everyone to the adjacent Children’s Museum to see the “We the People” exhibit.  This recently opened exhibit features fragments of Oak Lawn’s beams which could not be used at the Memorial.  It focuses on America’s response to tragedy and highlights issues that children can discuss with each other.  It also brings the conversation started at the Memorial inside the museum.

On hand were representatives of First Responders who serve every day in Oak Lawn. There were Policemen, Firemen, Paramedics and Public Works workers. Monumental Oak Lawn thanks them for their service and sacrifices which make our community better each day. This Memorial is built for them and their colleagues who put their lives on the line every day for us.

Your Monumental Team would also like to thank everyone who came out to share the moment of prayer and remember the tragic events of eleven years ago. No one will ever forget the tragic loss, or how we came together as an even stronger nation as a result.

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