Welcome to the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial project page. We're glad you are viewing this information and learning about the project. We hope that you will consider contributing and/or getting involved with the project to help us to "never forget." This page outlines the Township's 9/11 Memorial project in detail and illustrates some of the specific components of the memorial that are being planned and constructed.
Steel Beams from the "Twin Towers"
Remnant pieces of steel from the World Trade Center, which were destroyed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, were collected and stored in an aircraft hangar at New York's JFK International Airport. These artifacts have been made available by the New York and New Jersey Port Authorities to select public entities for the purpose of paying tribute to the civilians and first responders who lost their lives during the attacks.
Most of the fragments are intended for use in memorials around the country. Today, at least one steel artifact from the WTC rests in memorial in every State in the United States of America.
Manheim Township Applies for a Steel Beam
Manheim Township went through the application process in early 2010 in an attempt to receive one of the steel artifacts for our own memorial. Thanks in part to cooperation with the New York Port Authority, assistance from Congressman Joe Pitts' office, High Industries, High Steel, and High Transit, on June 21, 2011, the Township's artifact was delivered to the memorial site, located behind the Library on the Overlook Community Campus. Manheim Township's steel beam from the World Trade Center is approximately 15 feet long and weighs nearly three tons.
The Township's 9/11 Memorial
The resting place for the Township's WTC artifact is a memorial garden, located behind the Manheim Township Public Library on the Overlook Community Campus. (Links to
Memorial Area Map
The 9/11 Memorial focuses on three themes of the 9/11 tragedy, with specific features of the memorial comprising these themes:
Twin Towers - (
Twin Tower Illustration
) The Twin Towers components comprise lighting, a memorial plaque, trellis canopy and viewing deck features on the site.
Pentagon - (
) The Pentagon components comprise a flag pole, and a memorial plaque.
Flight 93 - (
Flight 93 Illustration
) The Flight 93 components comprise the "bell trees", a memorial plaque and stone structure.
The memorial area is accessible via a pathway nestled in a wildflower meadow. Opportunities exist to help support the walking path, benches and meadow planting (
Path and Meadow Illustration
This Township's 9/11 Memorial project is very unique and special and there are many ways to get involved. Since the start of the effort, the Township has been working together with private citizens and businesses to raise funds and in-kind services to realize the final memorial improvements. The work and features being planned so far have been completed through in-kind donations and donated services.
How to Contribute and Get Involved in a Project
If you would like to get involved by making a monetary donation, giving your time, lending your expertise, or donating your company's products or services, please contact Susan Schaeffer by email to
, or by phone at 717/569-6408, extension 1108.
Gratitude is extended to those who have already given so much:
McCarty and Son
Troop 84 - St. Peter's Lutheran Church
John and Allison Mingle
Knights of Columbus
Neffsville Community Fire Company
John and Carol Byers
Edward and Palma Rudzinski
Thomas, Stephanie, Ashley, and Joseph Rudzinski
Keares Electrical Contracting
Associated Building Inspections, Inc. - Randy Maurer
Manheim Township Community Life Task Force