Building a Monument to First Responders

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Another photo from the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Event

Pictured from left to right is Adam Woodworth (Oak Lawn Rotary Club President, Sandra Bury (project Fundraising Chair) and Jim Garrett (Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Chicago Southland Visitors and Convention Bureau honors the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial

The Oak Lawn Hilton proudly hosted the Chicago Southland Visitors and Convention Bureau’s Annual Meeting Wednesday.  There were at least 10 area Mayors in attendance, a State Senator, several Representatives and community leaders from across the Southland.  In addition to passing the gavel to their new leadership, they recognized the efforts of the organizations and individuals who helped to make the Southland a destination for tourism.

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The Oak Lawn Rotary Club was very proud to have been honored for their efforts to construct the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial at Patriot Station.  The Chicago Southland Visitors and Convention Bureau’s award was accepted by Club President Adam Woodworth and project Fundraising Chair Sandra Bury.

Woodworth commented, “The Oak Lawn Rotary Club is proud to have been part of this project which honors the sacrifices and service of our First Responders for generations to come.  Anyone who is visiting the area should definitely stop by the Memorial.”  Bury added, “The memorial is unique because of the historic World Trade Center steel of which it is constructed, the quality of the artwork and the collaborative effort it took to construct.  Thank you Chicago Southland Visitors Bureau for this wonderful recognition of Oak Lawn’s community wide effort honor our First Responders and this unique time in American history.”

Congratulations to Rick Harmon and the entire Oak Lawn Hilton staff for hosting this extremely successful event!

Lighting is being installed!

It has been a long wait for the specialty lighting to arrive, but we are pleased to report that construction has resumed on site! High-tech up-lights are being placed and leveled in anticipation of the placement of the pavers.


Once the lighting is done, stone pavers and granite toppers will be installed. Planting will be done and – finally – signs recognizing major donors and contributors will be placed.

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The lighting has a type of false cap that is there for construction.  Once the pavers are installed, the actual light will be placed on top of the cans.  This ensures that the lens of the light does not get damaged during construction.  It’s looking great guys!  Thank you!

Christina Finn’s Patriot Day Poem for 09/11/12

At the brief ceremony Christina Finn of the Patriotic Pillow Project and the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Ladies Auxiliary wrote and read a beautiful poem. You can read the complete poem on her website at the link ======> HERE <======. It was truly beautiful and heart felt.

A nice article from the Southtown covering the ceremony yesterday


I wanted to share this article which has a nice write up, and amazing photos of the event. Check it out by clicking =====> HERE <===== and be sure to view the photo gallery.

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.

Patriot Day Prayer planned for 7:46 am at the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial

Please join the Oak Lawn Rotary Club for a brief moment of prayer at 7:46 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. There will be a very short program followed by a tour of the new “We the People Exhibit” at the adjacent Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. This will be very different from last year’s dedication, and an update on the construction will also be provided.

We believe that the beams that were gifted to Oak Lawn are from the North Tower and 7:46 am on 09/11/01 was when the first plane hit that tower.  Because 9/11 is on a Tuesday this year, attendees are asked to be very safety minded with the commuter traffic that will be at Patriot Station also.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

“We the People” Exhibit Opens at The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

On Thursday Morning a small group of supporters and Chamber of Commerce officials broke out in applause as the the “We The People” exhibit opened at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. It features an interactive discussion of democracy in action and features two remnants of steel from the World Trade Center wreckage.

These were pieces of steel that were unusable for the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial just steps away at Patriot Station. It is estimated that 80,000 children walk past the Memorial on the way to the museum from the parking structure. This exhibit carries that very important conversation inside the museum.

It doesn’t reflect on the events themselves, but how people came together in response to those events. Museum Executive Director Adam Woodworth says that the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is the only one in the nation with an exhibit like this. There are others with patriotic exhibits, but nothing of this magnitude.

Congratulations to the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn and thanks to the hundreds of supporters who have helped make this exhibit real!

The final WTC Steel is in place!

The last of the WTC steel was installed on site on a steel platform designed to raise it above the plantings. We are so excited to see things coming into place.

The recent delays have been due to donated lighting on order. No pavers can be installed until the lighting is in place. The specialty commercial lighting should arrive in the next few weeks and will be spectacular!

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Have a Monumental Independence Day!

This photo was taken one year ago for the Oak Lawn July 4th Parade.