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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]
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