A piece of American history dedicated in Manchester
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Wed., Sep. 14, 2011
In memory of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, several memorial events were held in Manchester, including a dedication Sunday morning at the Manchester Firefighters Memorial Garden, a piano and organ concert in the afternoon at Cheney Hall, a blood drive sponsored by the Eighth Utilities, and a community gathering for “Compassion Beyond Crisis” at Center Memorial Park in the evening.
In the morning, the Manchester Fire Department dedicated M-22, a section of I-beam from New York City’s World Trade Center, in the Manchester Firefighters Memorial Garden, adjacent to Fire Station No. 5 on Tolland Turnpike. Chief Robert Bycholski called M-22 “a piece of American history,” adding, “It is a tangible reminder of what occurred to our nation and what was lost.” Addressing the theme on the memorial plaque, Bycholski said, “We in Manchester will never forget.”
The name “M-22” was assigned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to this part of the 1,316-foot wall support grid of the north tower of the World Trade Center. Battalion Chief Danny Huppe said, “We have no idea who came to rest beside her,” speaking of the many people who died in the tragic event. It is the first time the I-beam has stood upright since Sept. 11, 2001.
“One thing that should happen from a tragic event,” said state Sen. Steve Cassano (D-4th District), “is that we learn from that.” Cassano was Manchester’s mayor on Sept. 11, 2001. He described the reorganization and restructuring of regional communications to improve the ability of responders to coordinate their actions.
“We are so fortunate to be served by these great people,” said Mayor Louis Spadaccini. He was referring not only to those who served on Sept. 11, 2001, but to the current firefighters, who responded on Sept. 10 to a large structure fire in Manchester.