NKY 9/11 Memorial a dream come true

Melissa Stewart Community Press

Crescent Springs, KY – After 3 ½ years of fundraising the dream Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial is becoming a reality.

“We’re up to $127,000; our total goal is $150,000, with a few more commitments we’re sure to make it to our goal and we’re planning for completion soon and a dedication this September 11,” [said] Crescent Springs Mayor Lou Hartfiel.

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Hartfiel led the charge for the memorial that is partly constructed in Crescent Springs Community Park near the Kenton County Veterans Memorial at the corner of Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road. He said it feels good being in the home stretch.

“It’s been gratifying to see so many step up and support this project,” Hartfiel said. “September 11 is a day we never want to forget. There were even some local people who perished on that day. This memorial will stand as a reminder of this and honor all those who lost their lives. It will include a time line of events too to educate future generations.”

The Kenton County government is one of many supporters of the memorial. Recently the county pledged $15,000 toward the project.

“Being located at our Kenton County Veterans Memorial, the 9-11 memorial represents forever the historic attack on our freedoms and the losses that Kenton County experienced,” Kenton County Judge-executive Kris Knochelmann said. “With primarily private funding, this memorial presents a beautiful reminder of how fragile our freedom is and just how much of a shock to our world the attacks of 9/11 were. The memorial is a bold reminder and will hopefully be visited for 100 years.”

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