Monoliths Installed on 9/11 Memorial Glade
A 600-ton crane hoisted the six stone monoliths that will flank the 9/11 Memorial Glade. Photo by Jin S. Lee, 9/11 Memorial.
Over the weekend, six multiton granite monoliths were installed on the 9/11 Memorial as the essential centerpiece of the 9/11 Memorial Glade. The Glade will honor those who are sick or who have died from 9/11-related illnesses caused by exposure to toxins in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
The monoliths, each weighting between 13 and 17.8 tons and created by the Rock of Ages granite manufacturing company in Barre, Vt., traveled six hours south on flatbed trucks through the Green Mountains and the rolling hills of New England. They were escorted by a team of eight personnel from the Vermont Division of Fire Safety.
As the team assisted the trucks on their way to New York City, local first responders in communities along the way saluted the monoliths on the highway overpasses to recognize the importance and national significance of this project.
The monoliths were lifted over the 9/11 Memorial on Saturday by a 600-ton crane. Steel salvaged from the original World Trade Center will be incorporated into each of the monoliths.