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a wonderful day we had! A flag-lined Memorial Park was
the setting for the 10th anniversary of the tragedies on
Sept. 11,2001. We had great weather, great
entertainment, and a park full of friends and family.
I'm trying to get through all the photos that I took as well
as others that were taken by our guests and will get them
posted to this site as soon as I can.
you, thank you, thank you to our FDNY visitors, Lt. Jim
Beltrami, Capt. Rich Kirschner and Jim McSwigin (ret.) Fire
Marshall who have given their unending support and
generosity to help us make what our memorial is today.
We can never repay you for all you have done for us.
really appreciate David Mardis, of Caldwell, Ks. being our
guest speaker. David was a FEMA worker at Ground Zero
and shared his experience with us.
you to all those who came to share your day with us.
Each and every one of you made the occasion special for us. We could
never have done this without the support of our community
and our families.
Lt. Joe Huber, FDNY and Capt. Ray Wynn (ret.) of KCFD
visited the memorial on Sept. 30th, since they were not able
to attend the services on the 10th. Thanks to both for
all their support from day 1 to the Anthony 9-11 Memorial.
to Susan Orsbon for the beautiful photo of the World Trade
Kansas 9-11 Memorial Committee: Donna Crowe, Chairman;
Members: Shirley Barrett, Sam Beam, Cynda Carr, Howard
Hatfield, Debbie Mangen & Pam Schott.
volunteers: Tammy Ward, Larry & Jane Whisman,
Anthony Girl Scouts, Anthony Fire Department, Anthony
Kiwanis Club, Rev. Mary Hixson, Rev. Mike McAbee, Assembly of God
Church, Rolly Williams, Shawn Catlin, Leigh Schreiner,
Debbie Hatfield, Dennis
Robinson, Don Gebers, Lauren Hatfield and Haley Dodgen,
Chaparral Singers, Chaparral's Drum Line, Atmos Energy, Anthony Farmers' Co-op, Home Lumber and Supply, Gene's
Grocery, ALCO, Larry's IGA & USD #361.
Never Forget September 11,
we don't do this correctly - if we let some minor memorial be
dwarfed by office space - people a hundred years from now will
say this generation did not understand the significance of that
world-altering day. Sept. 11 must not lose its resonance as time
dulls the sharp edges our collective memory. Ground zero is the
site of the worst attack in the history of our country. I pray
it will be the worst attack in the history of this country a
hundred years from now. Done correctly, a memorial will inspire
people. It should not symbolize the loss of our world before
Sept. 11 or of an America that no longer exists. It should
symbolize our survival and our triumph.
Mayor of NY 1994-2001
the home of Kansas' Official Sept. 11 Memorial in Anthony, Ks.
Our memorial has been erected to the memory of those true
patriots who gave their lives during this horrific tragedy in
NYC, Washington D.C. and a field near Shanksville, Pa, and to
honor those left behind. The memorial is about ordinary
people who met extraordinary challenges, working together to
make a difference across our nation, and in the lives of one
hero firefighter's family. It tells the story of the
connection between a small farming community of 2300 people in
south-central Kansas, fallen firefighter
and his brothers at
Engine 88, Ladder 38 FDNY,
and Rescue 3.
Even though Anthony, Kansas is
hundreds of miles from the 3 crash sites, we felt their shock,
horror and pain of Sept. 11, 2001. The people of Anthony
wanted to do something to help that would make a difference.
After contacting several agencies, our mayor at the time, John
Schott, finally connected with a firehouse in the Bronx that had
been devastated with many losses. He asked if they could
help our small community locate one family that had lost a loved
one that might need some immediate outside assistance. Joe
Huber, at Engine 88, Ladder Company 38, told the mayor about his
friend and co-worker, Joe Spor. He
said Joe was 35 yrs. old, had a beautiful wife, Colleen, and had 4 children, the
oldest was 6 and the youngest was 6 months old. Joe
Spor lost his life helping others to safety on 9-11-2001 at the
World Trade Center. The people from Anthony "adopted" this
In March of 2002,
Joe Huber came
to Anthony from the Bronx, representing FDNY Engine 88, Ladder
Company 38, to personally thank its citizens and to meet the
people who have been so kind to his "brother's" family. He
was so gracious to visit the schools and meet the children who
had sent gifts, cards, pictures and emails to the firehouse and
to the Spor family. On this visit, Joe Huber brought a
piece of glass and other artifacts to show the students.
It was on this trip that the idea of Anthony obtaining some WTC
steel was discussed. Mayor Schott mentioned to him that he
would like some steel
from the World Trade Center to make a permanent memorial to the
victims and heroes of September 11 and Anthony’s response to
that tragedy. After many emails and phone calls between
Anthony and New York, a man in the NYC Mayor's office said we
would get our steel, but the steel
had to be picked up in Brooklyn in 4 days.
Without any funds, and on such a short deadline, Schott, the
local True Value Hardware Store owner, picked up the phone and
made several more calls. He ended up speaking to the CEO
of True Value. She said that Anthony sounded like a wonderful,
caring place of generous people and that the company would
gladly pick up the steel in Brooklyn and deliver it to Anthony
at no charge. After a couple more phone calls to the True Value
trucking managers in Allenstown, Pennsylvania and Kansas City,
the arrangements were all in order. On October 23, 2002
the True Value truck pulled up behind the store carrying their
weekly order and a very
special delivery from the City of New York.
Mayor Schott organized a committee of volunteers
with various talents and they were
asked to design the right memorial out of this steel from the
rubble of the World Trade Center. The memorial they designed and
created was to honor not only the victims and heroes of that
horrendous attack, but also the triumph of the American spirit
as Anthony responded with compassion, resolve, and care. And as
a gift, it was to be built without tax monies. The
memorial's original figures ran in the vicinity of $40,000 and
the committee had to use private and corporate donations and
money received from a variety of fund raisers. Little did
they know at the time, the cost of the structure itself would be
more than double that figure.
In the early planning stages, the
Anthony 9-11 Memorial was the recipient of many nice newspaper
articles. There were articles from the Kansas City Star,
The Hutchinson News, The Wichita Eagle, Kansas Government
Journal, & The New York Daily News.
Even a national team from FOX News did a beautiful television
story that aired the night of the memorial's dedication on
Sept. 11, 2004.
After hearing about our endeavor,
Mr. Shane Gentry, a WTC
survivor from Shawnee, Kansas, drove over 250 miles to attend our
Ground-breaking Ceremony. He spoke of his
experiences that day and how it had affected him. He said
when he returned to his hotel room that day, he knew that the
ashes from his clothing would be something he needed to keep. He
opened a newspaper he had read that morning and then shook the
ashes from his clothing to save. He wondered later what he
would do with them. Shane returned to NYC to the one year
commemoration of the Attacks on America. While there, he
gathered some soil from the site of the WTC to save with the
ashes from the year before. When Shane read about the Anthony
9-11 Memorial he knew then where they belonged. He sifted
the soil from
the WTC site and ashes collected from his clothing into the warm
Kansas earth, and mixed it with the soil that would
soon hold the Anthony 9-11 Memorial. His actions prompted
the committee to try to obtain some artifacts from the Pentagon
and the Pennsylvania crash site of United Flight 93, to add to
The Pentagon agreed to release a 250-pound block of limestone
from the facing of the wall that was hit by the terrorists.
The numbers cut into the block identifies exactly where the
stone was located on a map at the Pentagon. Col. Michael
Fergason delivered it to Anthony on July 15, 2004.
The Flight 93 Memorial Committee and the Families of Flight 93
sent some soil and ashes from the area of the Pennsylvania crash
site. It arrived mid August 2004.
Both of these additions, along with the WTC steel we received, completed
the purpose of the memorial: to tell the story of 9-11 and
the response of a small town far removed from the attack sites,
and to honor ALL the heroes we lost that day.
This image, taken by
Harper Co. Sheriff Deputy Kenny Hodson, shows how the memorial appears at night. Beams
of light illuminate the three panels as well as the World Trade
Center steel and the 3 flags. "Twin Towers of light",
that do not show up this photo, shoot
directly toward the heavens from behind the 2 limestone pillars
located between the flag poles, in tribute to the twin towers.
Please take the time to browse through our many pages and links.
Watch the memorial grow from an open space in a corner of Memorial
Park to the completed tribute to the heroes of 9-11.
the 3 large bronze plaques that tell the story not only of what
happened that day, but how this town in
Kansas, along with our nation, and the rest of the world, reacted.
Click on our
Memorial Dedication link and see the many local area
emergency units who marched in our "PARADE OF HEROES" and who
were honored with the dedication of the memorial. The
Wichita Fire Department Honor Guard asked to come and be a part
of our ceremony. Firefighters from New York, Kansas and
Oklahoma marched together as one. The
support of the community was amazing. Everyone was
involved, right down to the school children, leading the Pledge
of Allegiance. The Anthony Fire Dept. cooked hot dogs and
hamburgers donated by the area grocers and livestock producers.
Follow the links to the transcripts of the
that designated that the Anthony 9-11 Memorial was the official
9-11 memorial for the state. Read the
statement about our memorial on
March 28, 2006.
Meet a few of the FDNY firefighters who
came to help in the memorial dedication on Sept. 2004.
Some of them return annually to visit the memorial and their new
They also join some of the local firefighters to spend some time
deer hunting. Several other FDNY firefighters have come to
see the memorial and read the names of their fallen "brothers"
on the bricks. When two of the men came to Anthony in the
spring of 2008, we actually asked them to lay the engraved memorial
bricks we had ready to go. Included in these bricks was
the brick of a young man from Anthony who had given his life in
Iraq. Another brick was for a FDNY firefighter that they knew
and also know his family.
This connection has not stopped
with the memorial. Many people from Anthony have visited
New York for the first time, and while they were there, they
made sure to stop by to see their extended family at Engine 88,
Ladder 38. A bond has formed between the two communities;
so different in many ways, but so much alike in others. We
are a family.
We'd like to
invite you to come to Anthony. The map below shows where Anthony is
In March of 2008, my computer died with ALL of my 9-11
information on it. I lost my website information,
photos and all of the email addresses to my 9-11 friends
across the US. If you were on my contact list or would
like to be added to our list, with announced updates on our
progress and information about coming events, please email
the website at the bottom of this page.