Sitting in a warehouse at Motts Military Museum in Groveport is a slice of the day that has been stamped in American minds. A crushed fire truck rests there in the warehouse, that had been at ground zero during the day of the attacks. Communities across Columbus will celebrate Patriot Day on Thursday, an ode to those fallen in the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Parks in both Westerville and Hilliard have steel from the buildings as well as the firefighters association office.
First Responders Park in Hilliard doesn’t just have small chunks of steel, hidden behind panes of glass, there are 6 tons of relics from the attacks in the park that have been transformed into installations. A further nod to firefighters: fire nozzles shoot water into a fountain. Near that fountain is a granite wall that has all of the names of the victims carved into it. For Hilliard, the distance between Columbus and New York was a moot point. “The events that day changed our lives forever — all of us — including future generations. Everything changed,” said Hilliard mayor Don Schonhardt, according to the Dispatch. “To me, it was absolutely paramount that we have something here in central Ohio where we could go and reflect and remember all that happened that day, a place to honor all those lives lost.”