Anthony 9-11 Memorial 10th Anniversary
"Our Arizona Visitors"
On Labor Day of this year, Donna received a call from a group of bikers from Bullhead City, Arizona, who were on their way to NYC for 9-11. They were a small group of 5 who were meeting up with over 1,000 bikers, all from Arizona and traveling different routes across the country. The men and women were firefighters, dispatchers, and first responders and were angered when they heard that the FDNY was not welcome at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, and that there would be no room for them. They had done a little research to find memorials across the United States and had found ours online and wanted to come to see it. They asked if there was anyone who could meet them there to tell them about it. Donna called Debbie and a few of the local firefighters to be at the park to meet these special guests and to share the story of the memorial.
This is Debbie's son Shawn Catlin. He has been putting the engraved bricks in for us. Shawn enjoys meeting the people who visit the memorial, and his wife, Kate, is the photographer for this photo album.
While we are waiting for our guests to arrive, Morris is getting friendly with Donna Crowe.
Justin Francis, Joe Crowe, Donna's husband, Howard Hatfield and Branson Fawcett welcome them to Anthony and Memorial Park.
Donna welcomes them and tells them a little about the memorial and how a little town in Kansas got this accomplished. She invites them to just walk around it, read the story boards and plaques, climb up and touch the steel and feel free to ask any questions.
All of them commented at different times that they could feel something inside about our memorial, like it was serene, peaceful, very restful.
It was very quiet while they moved around, reading the story boards and plaques.
They read their way around the wall.
They took pictures of everything to show their families and friends back home in Arizona.
Donna and Debbie told them about the bricks of the FDNY and NYPD people who's family members are memorialized in bricks. We like to say these aren't bricks, they are just reminders that they are people whose families miss them terribly.
These are some of our local firefighters posing in front of the memorial with the Arizona friends.
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