Finding the balance between the rawness of tragedy and the strength to heal

Warwick. Village to dedicate the 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Garden to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack.

| 31 Aug 2021 | 04:29

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Village of Warwick and the Warwick Fire Department will hold a remembrance ceremony and publicly unveil the 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Garden on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The events will pay tribute to those who perished that day and those whose lives were changed forever.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Warwick Fire Department will present a remembrance ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 5 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony at 6 p.m., the 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Garden will be dedicated in Stanley Deming Park with music to follow.

An I-beam from the World Trade Center

The memorial, designed by artist Amy Lewis Sweetman, encompasses an I-beam from the World Trade Center gifted to the Village of Warwick by former New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan. The site will feature a reflecting pool, benches and landscaping.

“Designing and creating the master plan and sculptural elements for this memorial has been at once my most challenging and rewarding commission to date,” said Lewis Sweetman. “I’m honored to support my community through my craft and am grateful to work with a talented team to put it all together.”

The work of artists and tradesmen, the donations from the community

The volunteers on the planning committee include Mayor Michael Newhard, Trustee Corey Bachman, DPW Supervisor Mike Moser, consultant engineers David Getz and John Deerkoski, and Amy Lewis Sweetman.

“This has been a collaborative effort between artist and skilled tradesmen,” the mayor said. “The memorial and its juxtaposition of elements strike a subtle balance between the rawness of that tragic event and the solace and strength to heal.”

Donations for the construction of the memorial were provided by the Warwick Lions Club, the Warwick Valley Rotary, the Warwick Fire Department, Warwick EMS, the Warwick Valley Gardeners, the Town of Warwick, the Village of Warwick, the Town and Village of Warwick’s Shade Tree Commissions, E.P. Jansen Nursery, R.S. Phillips Steel, Orange Nursery & Stone Supply and Authentic Antique Lumber.

Neighbors, friends, family
In remembrance of the Warwick residents who perished on Sept. 11, 2001:
Battalion Chief John P. Williamson
Lieutenant Michael Fodor
Lieutenant John F. Ginley
Lieutenant Stephen G. Harrell
Firefighter Bruce Van Hine
Linda Gronlund, UAL Flight 93
Peter Mark Gyulavary, A.I.C.P., M.R.P.I.