Two months after breaking ground on the site, the Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee joined city officials and residents for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony last weekend at the completed Newton Sept. 11 Memorial.
The ceremony was held Saturday, Nov. 10, and included remarks from committee members, Mayor Setti Warren and family members of those Newton residents who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The memorial, which is located in front of Newton Fire Headquarters, includes a walkway with engraved bricks displaying personal messages from donors as well as granite steps that have an engraved timeline of Sept. 11, 2001.
The names of the eight victims with Newton ties are also engraved on a granite scroll mounted near the center of the memorial.
The memorial was designed by architect Mark Sangiolo, a former Newton resident who was selected by the committee last year.
Along with the engraved bricks and granite, Sangiolo's design also includes several elements representing the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the flight path of United Airlines Flight 93. A piece of steel from the World Trade Center is also incorporated into the design of the memorial's benches.
The memorial's two pedestals are carved pieces of granite that are Roman numerals for nine and eleven, which can be read on either side as "9/11."
The committee held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial on Sept. 11, 2012, roughly a year and a half after the Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee formed and initiated the fundraising for the memorial site.
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Special thanks to Ora Salomon Mountain and Suzanne Szescila for photos of the memorial and Saturday's dedication ceremony.