Chatham County

Chatham County to dedicate memorial with 9/11 beam on Sept. 6

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the Chatham County First Responders’ Memorial at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 in Pittsboro.

The memorial incorporates the 19-foot steel beam artifact from the World Trade Center tragedy, donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The memorial honors all first responders who have given their lives to keep others safe, including those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Funding for the memorial is being raised privately by the Chatham County 9/11 First Responders’ Memorial Foundation Corporation.

Featured speakers at the ceremony include Joseph Dittmar, a World Trade Center survivor who now lives in Chatham County. He was attending a meeting on the 105th floor of Two World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Joe is an amazing person with a story that everyone should hear and you will never forget it,” said Jody Allen, president of the Memorial Foundation and Goldston firefighter.

The Wake & District Public Pipes & Drums band will provide music for the event.

County Commissioner Pam Stewart has been involved with the memorial project since the steel beam arrived in Chatham County.

“We owe a great deal of thanks to the Memorial Foundation’s members and its many volunteers and donors,” she said. “They have worked relentlessly to make the memorial a reality, ensuring that those who have fallen in the service of others are not forgotten.”

The steel beam, which is the focal point of the memorial, has been erected to stand on end, tilted at 9 degrees, 11 minutes, facing directly toward ground zero.

The design was developed by Corley Redfoot Architects.

“Over the next year or so we will continue to add displays, benches and landscaping to the memorial as funding permits,” Allen said. “Please buy a challenge coin to help us raise funds for the memorial.”