"When you see 29 names on this glass structure, it makes it real that there were people from this town that had connections to this town that died that day and I think the education purpose of this is just as important as the memorial itself."
The Greenwich Community Projects Fund, Inc. is unveiling plans for its construction of a September 11th memorial at the new Cos Cob Park. The memorial, which will be built on the 12 acre plot overlooking Indian Harbor, is a gift from the Greenwich community to the town.
"I think everybody felt that it was important to have a memorial to honor the people who were connected to September 11th - that were either from the town or had connections to the town - that was accessible all the time, not just the times where the boats were running, so it was something the people on the board felt was an important project," said GCPF President James Ritman.
The Greenwich Community Projects Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing funding for special interest groups. The September 11th memorial project has been in the works for 2 1/2 years.
With the help of Charles Hilton Architects and resident donations the project will cost a total of $750,000, which includes maintenance and educational purposes.
"One of the most important things was to not push this project through except for the important purpose of it really being purely a place where people could go, so that was a really delicate process," said Nicolas Rotondi of Charles Hilton Architects.
"Family members have said to me, most of them don't have real graves, so to them this is almost like a grave site," said Ritman. "You can't have that with people throwing frisbee around or playing volleyball or with highway noise or boaters going in and out, so it had to be a really serene setting."
Community members say Greenwich was most affected by the attacks, with 29 people who have lost loved ones and family members. At 12 feet by 20 square inches tall the two glass towers will stand true to the proportions of the twin towers, along with engravings of the 29 names of those who passed in the tragedy. The project is expected to be finished by September 11th of next year.
"The names are on the perspective stripes and that there's this depth that's created of the stripes that are on two portions of the glass here," said Rotondi.
The Fund will publicly announce its plans for the memorial on Sept. 9th at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Yacht Club. For more information on the memorial and how to donate visit: www.sept11memorialgreenwich.org