Service Memorial, Apex
Christina Hilt, Designer
A 6-inch cube of metal beam recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center’s South Tower that rests atop a 5-foot granite monument. Written tributes adorn each of the four sides of the memorial. Paths made from engraved bricks radiate out from the center of the monument, forming the foundation of this space. One path leads to a 10-foot town clock. The memorial includes a brick wall designed as an area for visitors to sit and reflect.
Front of the granite marker: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 / “WE WILL REMEMBER EVERY / RESCUER WHO DIED IN HONOR. / WE WILL REMEMBER EVERY / FAMILY THAT LIVES IN GRIEF.” / - PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH / NOVEMBER 11, 2001 / [MORE TEXT]
Left side of the granite marker: SHANKSVILLE, PA / THE PENTAGON / IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF / THE PASSENGERS WHO / VALIANTLY FOUGHT AGAINST / THOSE THAT THREATENED / THE SAFETY OF THOUSANDS / OF AMERICANS. / “LET’S ROLLS” – TODD BEAMER / PASSENGER ON FLIGHT 93
Right side of the granite marker: IRAQ / AFGHAN WARS / [MORE TEXT]
In memory of the attacks on New York and for all Fire, Police and EMS personnel who live each day to protect our cities and towns / For those in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon / Honoring those who served or are serving in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan / In tribute to all veterans
The clock beside the monument reads: "TAKE TIME TO REMEMBER."
The Town of Apex
July 11, 2013
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Steel, granite, and brick
Town of Apex, individuals, local non-profits and private businesses.
Originally, the monument was intended only to memorialize 9-11 first responders, but Apex officials decided to expand the subject to embrace both first responders and veterans of America's wars, in particular the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Apex dedicated the monument on July 11, 2013. T. J. Deluca, an Apex firefighter who worked as a firefighter in New York City at the time of the 9-11 attacks, gave the dedication address. The ceremony also featured the Apex Police Department Honor Guard and the 82nd Airborne Chorus.
The Town of Apex received a 6-inch cube of metal beam recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center’s South Tower. This has been the inspiration behind the Service Memorial. The memorial was the idea of Apex Town Manager Bruce Radford and Councilman Gene Schulze.
Christina Hilt, president of CLH Designs, volunteered to design the memorial and had a final vision by November. Construction for the memorial began in June and finished last Friday when the granite column and steel cube were installed.
To raise money, the town sold nearly 200 bricks for $200 each. Names of local first responders and veterans are inscribed on the bricks. The Apex Festival Commission donated an $18,000 classic town clock to stand behind the memorial.
Memorial is located in the heart of downtown at the corner of Salem Street and Saunders Street.
Paths made from engraved bricks radiate out from the center of the monument, forming the foundation of this space. A brick seating wall allows visitors to rest and reflect, while a 10-foot town clock reminds us all to take time to remember.