2004-10-15 / Community

K Of C Dedicates WTC Cross

At the podium, Monsignor William Burke, flanked by (from left), Paul Randolph, Reverend Jan Powell and Father James Devine.
At the podium, Monsignor William Burke, flanked by (from left), Paul Randolph, Reverend Jan Powell and Father James Devine. The long journey for a piece of the World Trade Center ended on September 19 when two iron crossbeams, in the form of a cross, a Christian symbol of faith, were dedicated on in the Knights of Columbus parking lot.

The arduous process of securing the cross from the Freshkills Landfill in Staten Island began with Jim Hurley, the organization’s D.G.K. receiving a phone call from Sanitation worker and Rockaway resident, Dennis Brady asking the K of C to find a “home” for the 14 x 8-foot I-Beam.

The New York City Sanitation Department Emerald Society Band leads the procession.
The New York City Sanitation Department Emerald Society Band leads the procession. Hurley brought the information to the K of C Board of Directors and secured their approval to bring the cross to Rockaway, much to the delight of member Dennis Brady.

Sanitation officials and the Mayor’s Office sanctioned the move, following receipt of a K of C letter requesting it and the intent to use it for a memorial.

The cross arrived at the K of C in August, 2003 along with a flatbed and front end loader. The cross was off-loaded and covered by sanitation personnel, Vinny Giordano, Dave Savarese, and Lee Weir.

Grand Knight Larry Kelly and Deputy Grand Knight Jim Hurley putting the finishing touches on the cross. 
Grand Knight Larry Kelly and Deputy Grand Knight Jim Hurley putting the finishing touches on the cross. The next task was proper placement of the heavy cross. That included a five foot deep hole with a perimeter 4’x5’, to accommodate an iron plate at the cross base; and a 12” concrete footing.  Member Dennis Sugrue volunteered his construction company and the feat was accomplished by June 16 by his crew, wich consisted of Mike, George, Sean and Anthony.

The cross was erected on July 8, after Dennis Brady and Dennis Sugrue got a joint detail of Sanitation workers, including Jim Latham and Neil DeSena, working with Sugrue Construction workers Dennis Sugrue, Mike McNair, and Sal Rizzo.

At the dedication ceremony, from left, Jim Devine, Denis Sugrue, Jim Hurley, Denis Brady and Larry Reilly.
At the dedication ceremony, from left, Jim Devine, Denis Sugrue, Jim Hurley, Denis Brady and Larry Reilly. Larry Kelly, Grand Knight of the Rockaway Council, worked with Jim Hurley, Deputy Grand Knight on completing the finishing touches of applying a finish, making a flower box and planting flowers prior to the dedication. 

Vincent O’Connor of Dennis S. O’Connor Funeral Home worked with the council and Fascoling Monuments and donated the plaque which reads: “In loving memory of our brother Knights Walter G. Hynes and Franklyn J. Monahan and all victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorism. Knights of Columbus Dedicated Rockaway Council #2672, September 19, 2004.

  Dennis Brady organized a contingent of N.Y.C. Sanitation Emerald Society Pipe Band, of which Dennis is a member who marched down Beach 90th Street to the memorial cross playing a number of sets for the 1 p.m. ceremony.

Family members, Knights and council friends and neighbors attended the ceremony. 

Msgr. William F. Burke, Rev. Jan Powell, Fr. Jim Devine and Fr. Paul Landolphi all spoke and blessed the cross as well as all present.

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