It’s unconscionable to forget the tragedy that befell New York City, its residents, visitors, people on their daily commute, and the servicemen and women who risked their lives on September 11, 2001. For their bravery and selflessness, I express my greatest gratitude–to the police department, fire department, hospital staff, and first responders–more so on this day, for keeping communities healthy and safe. NYC holds a forever connection in my heart: it’s where I worked, lived, and met my husband of nearly 10 years. We are now based in Los Angeles, miles from where the Twin Towers once stood, though NY’s resilience is never forgotten. Today, on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, we visited the US Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center (the Los Angeles Fire Department Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center) in remembrance.
The monument below once stood as a major portion of the vertical structural support for the World Trade Center’s South tower. These custom designed supports were placed at the transition point from the building’s lobby area to second floor.
Below, the concrete remnants at the top of the support were once part of the flooring that supported the building’s occupants and their offices.
The monument was placed here through the cooperative efforts of the citizens of Los Angeles.
“This memorial is dedicated to the 343 New York Firefighters who perished in the World Trade Center Disaster on September 11, 2001. When the hazards were high they pushed on knowingly, risking their safety and lives for the communities they served.
Their uncommon valor will serve as an enduring beacon guiding generations of future men and women who will also put the lives of others before their own.”
This metal support weighs 23 tonnes and is the largest remnant of the World Trade Center outside of NYC.