Joint Safety Services Building
City, township plan memorial park near salvaged flagpole
The Hilliard Division of Police and Norwich Township Fire Department will sell 500 stone pavers to help fund a small memorial park near the flagpole in front of the Joint Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway in Hilliard.
Specifics of the sale of pavers and details of the construction of the memorial have yet to be finalized, but the memorial park will include plants and flowers such as burning bush shrubs, blue butterfly bushes and daylilies, according to current plans.
It also will include a small water feature, paver bricks and an elevated plaque. The plaque will explain the significance of the flagpole, one of five salvaged after the destruction of the World Trade Center towers during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.
The flagpole was among the material Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt and Development Director David Meeks hand-picked in May 2009 from World Trade Center debris stored in a hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
The flagpole and pieces of steel from the towers were transported to Hilliard in May 2010. A 10-vehicle convoy that included nine Hilliard police officers and eight Norwich Township firefighters drove to New York and escorted back to Hilliard a flatbed truck that carried a 13,500-pound piece of steel and several smaller pieces.
The pieces of steel are now on display at First Responders Park, at the corner of Center and Main streets in Old Hilliard. The park was dedicated Sept. 11, 2010.
The flagpole was erected in front of the Joint Safety Services Building in July 2011 but was not used until Sept. 11, 2011, when a flag was hoisted on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. A piece of steel from the towers also was added to the pole.
The current memorial plans call for a path of brick pavers beginning outside the front doors of the Joint Safety Services Building and extending toward Northwest Parkway between two existing stands of trees. The pavers will form a triangle at the base of the flagpole.
Norwich Township Trustee Chuck Buck, owner of Buck and Sons Landscape Service donated the design work. His company will not perform the construction, although it estimates the cost of the memorial park will be $16,751.
The township and city plan to solicit bids for the project once sufficient funding is obtained, according to Trustee Chairman Larry Earman.