Hopatcong 9/11 Memorial to be Featured in Book

The Port Authority featuring how towns used World Trade Center steel in their memorials.

Mayor Sylvia Petillo said Tuesday a story and photos about the borough’s 9/11 Memorial will appear this fall in a new book produced by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey highlighting how towns used steel artifacts from the World Trade Center to create memorials.

She said at the request of the Port Authority she wrote a description of how the steel was obtained and transported to Hopatcong from New York City.

She said borough officials went to New York to get the artifacts. Local fire trucks lead the way. While they were in New York, Petillo said, the public works department called towns along Route 80 to alert local police  that the steel was going to pass through their town.

The result, she said, was that in each town local police joined the procession to lead the Hopatcong group through their town, resulting in a colorful and important trip down the interstate.

Petillo said she sent the Port Authority that story and several photos, and they said they would use both pieces in different parts of the book.

james August 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Michele is another one. No respect!
Tammy August 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Seriously people-No where did I say I was against the Memorial. Emily, I do have a heart, a very big one at that. James you are a fine one to talk about respect. You can't even respectfully disagree with someone. For the last time--I am happy that we have the Memorial, I am glad we all have somewhere to go and reflect. I am very sorry for all those who lost loved ones that terrible day and I am beyond grateful to those who have put their lives on the line to make sure this never happens again.
james August 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
So you don't agree with it, but you're not against it?
Michele Guttenberger August 20, 2012 at 06:02 AM
This twisted metal of doom, that is the focal point of our City Hall is very symbolic and elicits many intended and unintended reactions. For some it represents more than the lives that were lost on this day but also the American way of life that is now lost as well. This is especially so for those in our Town that face very hard economic times. The lost lives of 9/11 and the lost homes of 2012.
susan August 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM
i lost family that day too i don't mind what they did but i am tired of the town complaining they don't have money for this and that but the maintenance department does alot of favors for their family cause i live on a block where the work is done on


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