The 29 victims of the 9/11 attacks with ties to Greenwich will be memorialized at Cos Cob Park, the new town park by the train station overlooking the Mianus River, with a pair of glass towers reminiscent of the towers of light that shone at night after the tragedy.
A fundraising campaign to bring the memorial to fruition within a year was launched Monday at the Riverside Yacht Club. The goal is to raise $750,000 and to break ground April 2014 for a Sept. 11, 2014 formal dedication.
The names of the victims will be etched vertically on the towers so they will align across to spell the words freedom, liberty and forever. Stylized American flags will top the sculptures. The designer is Greenwich architect Chuck Hilton of Charles Hilton Architects.
A variety of donation levels are available at Sept11memorialgreenwich.org.
Speakers at the fundraising launch included Dana Noonan, wife of victim Walter Noonan; and Demi Ferraris, cousin of victim Teddy Maloney.
Also speaking were U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal; Selectman David Theis; James Ritman, who heads Greenwich Community Projects, the nonprofit running the drive; and John Carlucci, project spokesman.
“We raised over $25,000 yesterday,” said Carlucci.
Because of the broad nature nature of the attacks, and the cross-border contacts of the victims, Carlucci said the hope is that businesspersons throughout the region would participate.