Tuxedo company creates Sept. 11 monument for Long Island community

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:17

Legacy Stoneworks/The Hillburn Granite Company used locally quarried granite TUXEDO — Legacy Stoneworks / The Hillburn Granite Company was selected by the Montauk Fire District on Long Island to create a unique natural granite monument for the Montauk Fire District honoring the fallen heroes and individuals of Sept. 11, 2001. Granite, bronze and a steel relic The monument was created from “Hillburn granite” a local quarried stone from Rockland County. It stands seven feet tall and has three upright granite tablets holding two pieces of bronze with cast names of first responders lost on Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center. The center upright granite tablet holds a unique piece of steel relic salvaged from the World Trade Center Towers and which is cut into the Maltese Cross highlighting the granite etching #343 - the number of FDNY firefighters lost on Sept. 11. The two side tablets feature bronze plaques with names of the first responders with the statement “NEVER FORGET” prominently featured. Names of FDNY , State Police, FBI, NYPD and PAPD members are included. “The monument is an enduring symbol that will serve to honor the brave men and women we lost that day,” said Dennis O’Reilly, a member of the Montauk Fire Department who was instrumental in carrying out the conception and design of the monument. “This project is our way to immortalize their sacrifices and inspire others to serve their communities.” Two days to install The monument was transported from Hillburn to Montauk by The Hillburn Granite Company on Sept. 6th and installed by the company on Sept. 7 and 8 in preparation for a dedication ceremony on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11. “The Montauk Sept. 11 monument was an inspiring project to work on,” said Kristian Matthews, whose company The Hillburn Granite Company and Legacy Stoneworks quarried and fabricated the monument in Hillburn. “We were constantly driven to produce the most beautiful granite monument we have made to date to honor those lost on 9-11. Our prayers and thoughts will always be with their families and we hope the monument will always keep these individuals and all who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001 forever in our memory.” Find out more For additional information about Legacy Stoneworks/The Hillburn Granite Company, visit online at www.legacystoneworks.com.