Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Solid 9/11 memorial finds a home in Spring Hill

George Touponse, 64, above left, of Hudson lends a hand to mason Werner Heymann, 53, as he prepares to set a stone Friday morning into the 9/11 Memorial Garden at the VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill.

The stone is part of what was to be the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower, now to be called 1 World Trade, in New York City, at the former site of the twin towers.

Upon completion, the new building will stand at 1,776 feet. Joe Holland, 67, whose son, Joe Jr., was killed in the North Tower of the World Trade Center in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was flipping channels when he saw a story on 60 Minutes about plans for construction at the World Trade Center site and found out that a 40,000-pound cornerstone was being removed because of the change in name of the building.

He wanted to get the stone for the post's 9/11 Memorial Garden, but by the time he got in touch with the right people, the stone had already been spoken for. But there were still two pieces cut from the rock that Innovative Stone in Long Island said Joe could have his pick from.

The company polished the face and bottom of the stone, and Touponse made arrangements for the delivery of the 2,200-pound piece of granite. To have the stone at the post "is a dream come true," Holland said. "This is going to show that we're honoring every past, present and future victim of terrorism."

Solid 9/11 memorial finds a home in Spring Hill 12/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 9:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pasco County Fire Rescue fighting a two-alarm fire started by an explosion

    Fire

    Two houses are on fire and one victim has been critically burned and taken to a trauma center following an explosion at a home at 8652 Velvet Dr, in Port Richey.

  2. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  3. Bucs counting on better health creating better pass rush

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ask Bucs coaches about the improved depth and health of their defensive line, and they'll look around for a piece of wood to knock on.

    Retired All-Pro defensive end  Simeon Rice, right, the last Buc to have double-digit sacks in a season,  works with defensive end Ryan Russell, who last season was promoted from the practice squad for the second half of the year as injuries piled up. He is competing for a backup job this year.
  4. Tampa man turns himself in for Sunday hit and run fatality

    Public Safety

    A Tampa man was arrested early Sunday after he struck and killed a pedestrian, left the scene, and then called 911 to turn himself in.

  5. Tom Jones' Two Cents: Bucs, Jaguars both get blame for terrible preseason ratings

    TV and Radio

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst of a weekend in televised sports.

    Worst matchup

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) tries to get past Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Brian Dixon (41) and safety Barry Church (42) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) JVS119