What began as a simple project of transforming a bland courtyard at Avon Lake High School has become a lasting memorial to honor the lives lost on 9/11.
PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio - The city of Parma Heights and the Parma Heights Fire Department applied for a steel beam from the World Trade Center.
It has been two and a half years in the making but after waiting patiently the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey donated the steel beam from ground zero.
The dedication ceremony finally took place with dignitaries and residents of Parma Heights looking on. Mayor Michael Byrne was very thankful for the Port Authority's generous gift.
It was very meaningful to the Parma Heights Fire Department .
"Obviously September 11 means a lot to everybody in one way or another. There were thousands who died but there were 343 fire fighters who died in the World Trade Center," said Parma Heights Fire fighter Joe Campagna.
It had a very special meaning to Ryan Gorczyka and his family. The Parma Heights Fire Department put out a fire at their house last year and his father Moe built the foundation in which the steel beam sits on.
Gorczyka said, "It is very special to our family that my father helped commemorate this dedication to to the tragedy that was 9/11 and that people never forget."
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