The official unveiling of Doylestown's new 9/11 Memorial Sculpture is being held on Friday, September 11th, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. at the County Justice Center in the Borough of Doylestown.
The Port Authority of New York granted the Travis Manion Foundation a 20-ft steel I-beam from the rubble of the World Trade Center in 2009. The Travis Manion Foundation chose to donate the piece to Bucks County, PA to be used in the creation of a sculpture titled “Renew. Resolve. Remember.” This memorial will be dedicated to all members of the military, veterans, first responders, and citizens of the United States that were affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The sculpture will be permanently installed at the new Bucks County Justice Center located in the Borough of Doylestown. The memorial will be the focal point of the area. The site, located in a prominent spot, will be open to the public.
The Design Team included artist Alan Goldstein, a native New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, and now lives locally in Point Pleasant and architect Richard Bartels, a Cornell University graduate who practiced architecture in Pennsylvania and New Jersey from 1970 to 2011.
The President of the Travis Manion Foundation, Ryan Manion Borek, shared the inspiration for the foundation's commitment to the 9/11 memorial:
Prior to his second deployment to Iraq, Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion visited the New York Fire Department Rescue Company 1, which lost more than half of its members in the attack on September 11th, 2001. During that visit, one of the firefighters gave Travis a cap that read the words “9/11 Never Forget”. When Travis returned home from his visit, he handed the cap to our father, retired USMC Col. Tom Manion. Pointing to those words “Never Forget”, Travis told our dad that this was the reason he had to return to Iraq. Travis would leave for deployment but never come back, making the ultimate sacrifice on April 29th, 2007, while protecting his fellow Marines from an enemy sniper.
Those words “Never Forget” are the reason we will all pause this morning. We will pause to reflect. We will pause to remember. And most importantly we will pause to honor all those affected by those tragic events witnessed 14 years ago today. The Travis Manion Foundation has made it our duty to honor the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th and in the wars since. We invite you to join those already planning to attend or participate in a 9/11 Heroes Run this month, to pay tribute to our Veteran, first responder, civilian, and military heroes in more than 50 communities across the country and around the world.