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Introduction
1)
Title
Nassau County Memorial 9/11
2)
Town, State
East Meadow, NY
3)
ID #
1473
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
June 08, 2011
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
June 08, 2011
6)
Site Worked Last
June 13, 2011
Description
The memorial honors and laments the loss of 344 men and women of Nassau County, Long Island, New York. They perished on September 11, 2001, in the attack on and the fire and collapse of the World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan, New York City. That Tuesday morning terrorists hijacked passenger jets and then crashed them, kamikaze-like, into the WTC’s North and South towers. Almost 3,000 people died -- passengers and crew aboard the jets, WTC workers and visitors, public safety personnel as well as other U.S. citizens and foreigners. • A memorial design challenge led by Nassau County government was undertaken, from 9/30/2002 to 1/30/2003. It set as givens: site location -- lakeside, within Nassau County’s Eisenhower Park; a means to display the names of those Nassau residents and rescuers killed; and, the inclusion of two steel girders recovered from Ground Zero and of several flagstaffs. Over three dozen entries were received by Nassau County in response to government’s call for proposals. Chosen was a New York-based design collaborative of architects Keith Striga and Philip Gavosto, of Valley Stream and Glen Cove, respectively. Their successful design program, in addition to meeting the required pre-conditions, depicts two interconnected, see-through columns of polished aluminum, symbolizing the WTC towers; they rise about 30 feet above a reflecting pool dominated by black granite, with cascading fountains. An enclosing wall to the west, extending and bending eastwardly, supports plaques and art which record and identify the victims and share the stories of the terrorist strikes – in New York, Shanksville and at the Pentagon. In addition to recalling that clear morning and honoring those lives destroyed, the design provides opportunities for reflection by survivors, friends and families. • Situated on two-acres of parkland abutting Salisbury Lake, in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York, the memorial was erected with substantial support from and behind the leadership of Long Island’s union members, especially those associated with its construction trades. The workers volunteered not only time but also expertise and materials. A ground breaking on 3/11/2004 (notable for its speechless agenda) was attended by, among others, county executive Thomas R. Suozzi and leaders of the Nassau County 9/11 Memorial Foundation, Inc., Ian R. Siegel and Doreen E. Banks. Also participating: George Bush (then president and candidate for re-election), New York governor George Pataki and, by that time, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani. • Sponsorship of the memorial was county-led, under the direction of the Nassau County 9/11 Memorial Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization. This group in the fall of 2002 undertook the design development challenge, mentioned above, raised funds for the memorial’s construction and, then, later, oversaw the building of the memorial. Financial support in various forms came from a variety of sources -- individuals, businesses, labor unions, first responders as well as government. The memorial was dedicated on the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, September 9, 2007.
Content
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1)
Individual|group/family recognition
2)
Group of common citizens/persons
3)
Not Applicable
4)
Male and Female
5)
Combination
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Diorama|model|complex
4)
Stone/rock and metal
5)
Big
6)
Main + Two
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly and on tablet
8)
Text available, partial
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
3200-501.1, 3200-501.2, 3200-501.3, 3200-501.4, 3200-501.5, 3200-501.6, 3200-501.7, 3200-501.8, 3200-501.9, 3200-501.10
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Striga, Keith Nicholas
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: Gavosto, Philip Charles
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Not Yet Determined
Setting
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1)
Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
2)
Land (elevation/depression) , Open Space , Water
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
6 Very Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
5 Good
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
6 Very Good
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
7 Exceptional
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.8 Very Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
August 28, 2002
5)
September 09, 2007
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
9)
Mall/Mall-like site
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
County government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
Demography
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1)
File Number
21
2)
Town/City
East Meadow
3)
County
Nassau
4)
District
Hempstead
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
11554
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.7343290000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.5803040000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Merrick Ave
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Park Blvd
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Eisenhower Park
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Salisbury Lake
14)
Links/Websites
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Business/businesses
16.2)
Citizens/residents
16.3)
Fire fighters/organization
16.4)
Government, county
17)
2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
June 08, 2011
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Government Materials
19.3)
Newspaper
19.4)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT: Start Date -- Assumed to be 8/28/2002, when county published on its website its intention to create a 9/11 memorial.
SITE MAINTENANCE and LEAD SPONSOR: County government -- Nassau County, New York




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