Freedom Stone Set For RededicationBy: Doug Caverly
Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 5:26 pm
A stone that was originally meant to become part of the Freedom Tower is going to be dedicated in an official ceremony elsewhere on September 11th. The Freedom Stone will find its permanent home in a memorial garden located in Hauppauge, New York.
The ceremony will actually qualify as a rededication ceremony, so firm were the plans to make the Freedom Stone part of the Freedom Tower. A press release noted, “Innovative Stone had donated the Freedom Stone to serve as a 9/11 memorial and cornerstone of the Freedom Tower at the site of the World Trade Center.”
Also, “The Freedom Stone was unveiled by Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg during the ground breaking ceremony on July 4, 2004.”
Changes caused the Freedom Stone to be given back to its makers, however, and that returns us to the subject of the September 11th dedication ceremony.
A choral association, bagpipers, and some butterflies (which are to be released) will all make appearances at the ceremony. It should be an impressive (yet appropriate) event.
A couple of side notes that act as supporting evidence: the Freedom Stone weighs 20 tons, and is granite with flecks of garnet crystals. Garnet is the official gemstone of New York.