The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce will unveil a 9/11 monument years in the making on Wednesday.
The monument will showcase a section of a beam retrieved from the twin towers and gifted to the Chamber by an anonymous donor in 2011. Chamber Executive Director Phyllis Gorham and others have been coordinating the creation of the beam into an outdoor sculpture for all to admire and reflect on this “never to forget day” in history for the past two years.
Past Fire Chief Tony Tripp was instrumental in getting the beam delivered to Tom Molloy of Tom’s Lawnmower Service in Glen Head. Tom is well known for his skill and talent at welding and was asked to put his creativity in motion to design the beam into artwork worthy to both commemorate the 9/11 event and to honor those who continue to put their lives on the line as firefighters.
Tom worked diligently on his design and voluntarily devoted much of his time making sure his vision was accurately portrayed. In turn, the sculpture required a monument in which it would be placed. North Shore Monument came to our rescue without hesitation. The base was donated by Maggie and Hugh Tanchuck, owners of North Shore Monument in Brookville and is the finishing touch for this magnificent monument.
The unveiling ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Glen Cove Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. The installation is at Pratt Park, adjacent to the Firehouse, and all are invited to attend and admire this wonderful gift. Join Mayor Suozzi, Chief Leftwich, Chamber President Mary Stanco and Executive Director Phyllis Gorham on this special unveiling.
The Glen Cove Chamber is indebted to Tony Tripp, Tom Molloy and the Tanchucks for their extreme generosity, time and devotion to have us all remember and honor.