The Glade 9/11 Memorial

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Memorial To Sickened 9/11 Recovery Workers Nears Completion

April 22, 2019 - 7:37 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Renovations are taking place at the 9/11 Memorial for a permanent tribute to those who showed up to help in the recovery and were sickened by toxic dust.

The area is called the 9/11 Memorial Glade and it’s dedicated to the thousands of rescue and recovery workers.  

The focal point is six wedge-shaped stones that flank the path of the southwest corner of the memorial. The stones have grooves that will be filled with World Trade Center steel.

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“They appear to be rising out of the cobblestones that line the entire memorial plaza,” said Allison Blais, the chief strategy officer for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Blais says the Glade honors the tens of thousands of people who have been sickened from exposure to toxic dust at Ground Zero.

“It was important to us to create a real, permanent and honorific place that would be part of the memorial itself given the magnitude of what’s happening,” Blais said.

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Engineering director Joe Flannigan likes that this part of the memorial is almost separate.

“It’s really kind of an intimate feeling,” he said.

Flannigan says 75 percent of the work is completed.

“All the drainage is complete. Most of the pavers are started to be put in place now. All the concrete is complete,” he said.