FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Girl Scout Shannon Fillmore, a teen age Franklin Township resident, stood before family, friends, and neighbors on Tuesday evening, Sept. 11, to dedicate a monument that she designed and built to commemorate the 9/11 tragedy.
Though she was only in the first grade at the time of the 2001 event, she was profoundly affected by the destruction and loss of life. “”I didn’t totally understand but I found it scary and upsetting,” she commented
Designing the monument, her concern was to place it in a location proximate to an area where young children would play. “I want to have little kids aware of 9/11,” she explained.
Living near Quail Brook Park on New Brunswick Avenue in Franklin Township, she chose a location next to the playground area and sought approval from the Somerset County Park Commission to locate the memorial.
With the help of Park Commission staff, the Stone Center, DeLuca Construction, St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church, and family and friends, the monument became a reality and was dedicated in a public ceremony on the twelfth anniversary of the tragedy.
The project took a year to design and constructed with a centerpiece of two stones weighing 2,000 pounds representing the twin towers, with an outside perimeter of medium stones in the shape of a pentagon, and small hand painted stone representing Flight 93. Added at two bird houses upon which is written “We will never forget.”
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