Before firing up the outdoor grill or heading to the lake, residents can share in a historical and meaningful moment Memorial Day if they are downtown near Town Hall at about 10 a.m., along a route to Veterans Park, or in Veterans Park at about 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 26.
A piece of steel from the World Trade Center is destined for Holly Springs Veterans Park where it will pay tribute to lives lost in service as part of the new War on Terror monument. On Monday morning, an honor motorcade of Holly Springs firefighters, police officers, officials from InServe in Fuquay-Varina and the family of U.S. Marine Major Sam Griffith who was killed in action in Afghanistan two years ago will bring the steel to try out its new home in the top of the War on Terror monument in Veterans Park.
The War on Terror monument is still under construction and is scheduled for unveiling and dedication on June 14.
On Memorial Day, the WTC steel will be test-fitted into the monument’s top pedestal, and residents and businesses in Holly Springs are invited to participate in the solemn event. People along the procession route are encouraged to display their best red, white and blue apparel and to fly American flags in tribute and remembrance.
Holly Springs police and fire units will leave InServe in Fuquay-Varina where a custom-designed mounting for the steel piece was manufactured and where it is being stored until the monument is completed. The motorcade will bring the steel piece to Holly Springs via Hwy. 55, turning right onto Main Street at Wal-Mart. The procession will drive through the center of Holly Springs and turn right onto Crossway at Advance Auto; then turn right onto Folsom. At the end of Folsom, the motorcade will turn left onto Bikram and end at the walkway at the back of the pond that leads to the monument’s location.
In a simple but solemn ceremony, members of the Holly Springs Fire and Rescue Department will carry the small mounted steel piece and place it in the pre-drilled holes of the monument’s granite pedestal. This simply will be to make sure no adjustments need to be made to the mount or to the drilled holes before permanent mounting of the steel piece takes place. After the ceremony, InServe company officials will take the WTC steel back to their facility in Fuquay-Varina for safekeeping until it is permanently mounted later in June.
The steel piece taken from the wreckage of WTC was provided to the Griffith family for inclusion in the War on Terror monument that Major Griffith’s 17-year-old brother David has been developing for Veterans Park as his Eagle Scout project. The monument that began as an Boy Scout Eagle project morphed into a personal project for David who wanted to memorialize his brother and to honor all victims – military and civilian -- of the War on Terror.
The monument, which will be dedicated in ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14 – Flag Day and Maj. Griffith’s 39th birthday – is a pentagon-shaped patio of brick pavers, purchased by project supporters and symbolizing the 9/11 attack on the United States Pentagon. A granite pillar rises from the center of the patio and is inscribed with all the names of those local heroes who died while serving in the War on Terror, and the World Trade Center steel will be placed at the top in remembrance of the WTC attack on 9/11. Those who died in the third plane crash in that Pennsylvania field are represented by the serene country setting of the Veterans Park pond and woods.
Folks in Holly Springs can be a part of this Memorial Day moment either by lining the motorcade’s route or by going to Veterans Park to the monument’s construction site on the back side of the pond. The occasion will be a matter of only moments at either location, but they will be memorable moments in our history.