Ground to be broken on 9/11 memorial

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 9/11 Franklin County Memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31 at the Letterkenny Chapel, 1271 Carbaugh Avenue, Letterkenny Army Depot.  

Three steel artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center are being fashioned into a sculpture that will serve as Franklin County's permanent memorial to all who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.  The steel artifacts were first unveiled to the public at a memorial service in downtown Chambersburg last month.

While planning and fundraising efforts are ongoing, the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, October 31st signifies the commencement of construction for the 9/11 Memorial.  The memorial is expected to be dedicated on Armed Services Day on May, 19, 2012.  

Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony will be numerous community leaders and elected officials, including the Greene Township Board of Supervisors, who have graciously donated time and resources in a strong showing of community support for this important project.   

The public is encouraged to attend the groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the community's efforts to date and to learn more about the long-term plans for the 9/11 Memorial as well as a forthcoming Franklin County Veterans Memorial.