Volunteers developing the $110,000 memorial hosted an information session about the plans Thursday at the Rouzerville Ruritan. About 10 people not associated with the project attended.
Designer Dan DeDona asked attendees to consider making donations of any amount, host fundraisers and place collection canisters at businesses. He said donations of materials, construction services and landscaping services could drive down the project’s overall cost and speed up the memorial’s completion.
“We’ve now come to the point of the project where we need help to build what we’ve designed,” said DeDona, who was working in the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 struck it.
The township has obtained artifacts from the three sites of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They will be contained in a pavilion-like structure with informational plaques.
“We want people to come in, sit down, get out of the sun, get out of the rain, or have lunch,” DeDona said in describing the desired “feel” of the memorial.
Waynesboro, Pa., area businessman Bernie McGarity asked what type of security would protect the artifacts. DeDona said he hopes lighting and visibility from Pa. 16 deter vandals.
“This is designed to be tranquil and beautiful, and not defaced,” committee member Ann Backer said.
Friends Lori Eigenbrode and Patty Caron attended the meeting in hopes of learning more about the project.
“I think it looks very good,” Caron said.
Eigenbrode plans to place a canister at her business — Total Tan off Potomac Street. She said she continues to think about Sept. 11, 2001, and her friend who was on a plane that was rerouted because of the attacks.
Eigenbrode said the memorial will help to provide education for youths like her daughter, who was 3 when the attacks occurred.
For more information about the project, call the Washington Township municipal offices at 717-762-3128 or visit www.washtwp-franklin.org.