[r90] House recognizes Hess, Project 9/11 Memorial (1/19/2012)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Start Date: 1/19/2012
End Date: 1/19/2012

STATEHOUSE—Greg Hess was honored today for his instrumental role in the Project 9/11 Memorial in Indianapolis with a resolution presented by author Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) and co-authors Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) and Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg).

The 9/11 Memorial overlooks the White River Canal on Ohio Street and features steel beams from one of the World Trade Towers and an eagle gazing towards New York City.

“It is entirely fitting to recognize Greg in this capacity. Greg Hess’ actions speak for him. His assistance at Ground Zero specifically highlights his devotion to our country and his determination to lend a hand in a time when our country was in crisis. I feel privileged to present this resolution to him,” said Rep. Speedy. “The memorial helps reminds us not only of the heroes of 9/11 and the bravery and sacrifice of our fellow Americans, but reminds us how our country was permanently changed and also how fragile peace, freedom and posterity are.”
 
Hess, a member of the Indianapolis Fire Department, was a part of the Indiana Task Force-1 FEMA Search and Rescue team that traveled to Ground Zero immediately after the tragic events that transpired on September 11, 2001. Hess and the team stayed for the next eight days to assist fellow patriots with recovery efforts.

“The memorial stands before us as a testament to those who sacrificed their lives to save others,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. “Mr. Hess has provided all of us with a reminder of how strong we are as a nation.”

In January 2010, Hess learned that artifacts from Ground Zero became available for communities to create permanent local memorials. With the support of civic leaders, Hess’ Project 9/11 Memorial Indianapolis petitioned and was approved to receive two 22-foot steel support beams from one of the World Trade Center building’s 74th floor.

On April 7, 2011, Hess traveled to New York to personally bring the support beams home. Accompanied by over 11,000 motorcyclists, the beams were escorted during the final leg from Richmond, Ind., to Indianapolis on April 9.

After breaking ground in July, the memorial was completed and dedicated on September 11, 2011, with assistance from Crown Hill Cemetery and Gibraltar Design.

“Mr. Hess’ servitude to his fellow man and country truly embodies the strength of our nation,” said Rep. Frye. “The 9/11 Memorial constantly reminds us of our resiliency to overcome villainous acts of evil that will never extinguish the heart and soul of American exceptionalism.”

The project was funded entirely by public donations from various events around the state, including the Indianapolis 500 and Indiana State Fair.

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Speedy statement - Greg Hess resolution.docx