June 21, 2018
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Rockland twin towers memorial under construction

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN
Members of the Rockland Fire Department including Mike Cole, left, and Carrie Adams work on the memorial to firefighters who died in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The concrete was being poured Tuesday for a memorial to firefighters who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

The project is being undertaken by the Rockland Firefighters union and has been in the planning stages for more than a year.

The memorial will consist of a pair of polished concrete towers. One will be slightly taller than 6 feet and the other will be slightly less than 6 feet tall, according to Chris Whytock, a Rockland firefighter and president of the Rockland Professional Firefighters association.

Those towers will depict the Twin Towers that collapsed following the terrorist attacks in New York City.

A Maltese Cross will be placed in back of the Rockland towers with the number 343 on the cross.

The Maltese Cross has become a symbol for firefighters, and 343 firefighters died when the towers collapsed. The rescuers were escorting occupants of the towers out of the building as well as trying to contain the fire.

The memorial is located in front of the Rockland fire station next to the glass enclosure for the Gen. Berry pumper truck.

The idea for the memorial came from firefighter Mike Cole.

Whytock said the firefighters have volunteered their time for the project. The Home Depot has donated more than $700 in materials and the firefighters have contributed about another couple hundred dollars of their own money for other materials.

When construction will be completed depends on the weather. Some work was postponed Tuesday in anticipation of rain, he said. If the memorial is completed by Tuesday, Sept. 11, a 10-minute dedication ceremony will be held on that day at 9 a.m.

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