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Toms River Unveils 9/11 Monument, Beam From Twin Towers

Photo: Daniel Nee
Photo: Daniel Nee
Toms River officials have unveiled a new monument commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by way of a new monument on Washington Street which includes a beam from the Twin Towers.

“The beam is a symbol that represents the significance and importance that 9/11 still has for us,” said Toms River Township Mayor Thomas Kelaher. “We needed to find a way to honor those lost in the tragedy and we also needed someone to help us build a formal monument, so we reached out to the Toms River Kiwanis Daybreak, a local civic group, and they built a nice memorial to surround the beam.”

In addition to the steel I-beam from the Twin Towers, the materials consisted of two pieces of fluted gray granite, symbolizing the two towers that were destroyed on Sept. 11. According to Applegate, it is housed on a polished black granite base. The overall cost was $6,500, which was donated in its entirety by Kiwanis Daybreak.

“It’s hard to believe that the tragedy of 9/11 was almost 13 years ago, but it’s fitting that we dedicate this memorial to commemorate that event, “ Kelaher said at Toms River Food Fest last weekend, when the monument was formally dedicated. “ As we’ve all heard before, ‘We will never forget.’ ”

Marynary May 09, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Amazing that you would think we should just let go into the past the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The USA was attacked and many people from our town were effected if not killed or injured. We should never forget what was brought upon our Country on that day.
suz May 09, 2014 at 08:20 AM
I think it is a great tribute. Better late than never...
ed mays May 09, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Wonderful and thanks to Kiwanis. I will see and touch it if possible. Hopefully no fools will try to damage or graffitti it.
Rick Molinia May 09, 2014 at 08:37 PM
Looking 4ward to seeing it in person, and taking in a moment not only of silence, but of that horrible mix of emotions i recall having that day... along with LOVE & Respect & Grace for all the Americans that have died after that day trying to eliminate evil and create Freedom in areas of this world that are ruled by pure disgusting evil.. THANK YOU to all the men and women who have served our country.. and to their families who deal with their absence or their loss..
holden2112 May 09, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Yes a great tribute...and this is one wound that should be opened on a consistent basis...and Rem is worried about hurting the sensitivities of people at food fest...have you seen the crowd that attends?

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