Nassau County, NY
Design Architect: Keith N. Striga AIA & P. Charles Gavosto AIA
Contractor: Trade Union Volunteers
|During the September 11, 2001 attacks, 344 Nassau County residents, including 18 firefighters, lost their lives.|
In 2003, President Bush, Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, broke ground near Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York, for the Nassau County 9/11 Memorial. A foundation raised funds and oversaw its construction and a contest was held to find the winning design. The foundation received financial support from the County and many local residents and businesses, and over 500 union members from Long Island’s building trades volunteered thousands of hours of labor to help build the memorial.
It was unveiled on September 9, 2007. It features two semi-transparent towers of polished aluminum, representing the former Twin Towers, which rise more than 30 feet into the air on a raised base of black granite and soar above a reflection pool shaped like Lower Manhattan. Two steel beams recovered from the World Trade Center site flank either side of the towers.
Lehigh white cement was donated to build the memorial’s walls, which feature plaques detailing the events that took place at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93. The western wall features the names of the Nassau County residents who lost their lives on that fateful day.