Why First Responders Park Memorial?
Vowing that "we will never forget", the City of Hilliard, Ohio has constructed one of the largest memorials in the country to pay tribute to first responders everywhere and to insure the events of 9/11 are remembered forever. With this theme as a focal point, the park is located at the southeast corner of Main and Center Streets in Old Hilliard, an area representing a typical American City.
"We will never forget" is a theme that resonates with so many Americans as the great sacrifice of those who died in the shadow of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. While the memorial is located in the midwestern City of Hilliard, it is dedicated to first responders nationwide and carries the message that no matter where one lives, all Americans are stakeholders in the events that unfolded on 9/11. Primary features of the memorial include three granite walls inscribed with the names of all those who lost their lives on 9/11, and steel pieces from the Twin Towers that were transported to the Park by an escort of police officers and firefighters. Other features include a reflecting pool and personalized pavers. The focal piece is a unique metal sculpture combining elements of light and shadow so that images depicting 9/11 will be cast.
Who it Honors
The Memorial honors first responders of every branch who responded to the tragic events on 9/11 and honors them as individuals who offer up their own safety and security in order to protect our citizens. The commemorative park was designed as a destination spot where residents from across the nation are invited to visit and remember. First Responders Park allows every person in every walk of life to view the memorial as his or her own personal tribute to those who defend, protect and display acts of heroism for the people of America. The Park serves as a gathering place on the anniversaries of 9/11 for somber reflection during an annual memorial service hosted by the City.
The City of Hilliard First Responders Park Memorial Fund was established in 2008. The fund was created to provide financing and generate funding specifically earmarked for the First Responders Park Memorial. Your donations to the Fund make this project possible. Please stop by our Municipal Building offices to make a donation. To purchase a paver or other engravable fixture to be placed in the park, click on the Order Form - Engraved Fixtures in Park link located to the right under Additional Resources.