Plans are underway to build a memorial to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in Milton, thousands of miles from Ground Zero but firmly in the hearts and minds of those behind the effort.
“When I see the pictures of the things that happened, it tugs on the heart,” described Retired Air Force Master Jack Chandler.
“I think it’s a worthwhile endeavor,” Chandler said of the memorial, “We should not forget what happened on that day.”
Chandler and others with the World Trade Center Memorial Committee also helped put a Veterans Memorial in Milton Community Park, also known as Triangle Park.
Three years ago, Chandler started the campaign for a 9/11 memorial. Preliminary plans call for all three sites of the 2001 terrorist attacks to be honored. The city has already set park land aside for the memorial.
The total cost is $100,000, but Chandler said fundraising has stopped while the group tries to secure part of the World Trade Center remains as part of the memorial. A decision needs to come from the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey.
Chandler hopes to have the memorial ready for an unveiling on September 11, 2015. He insists he will watch that ceremony with his grandchildren.
“Never forget. This is for you,” Chandler imagined telling them, “I would be so proud of what we were able to accomplish.