Sacrifices of 9/11 come home to Holly Springs
Posted May 26, 2014
Holly Springs, N.C. — Holly Springs residents marked Memorial Day by honoring the fallen of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and recognizing the lives lost in the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
The project, a new War on Terror monument, was spearheaded by David Griffith, 17, as an Eagle Scout project. Griffith's older brother, U.S. Marine Maj. Sam Griffith, was killed in action in Afghanistan two years ago.
David Griffith designed the memorial, got the OK of the Holly Springs mayor and orchestrated the arrival Monday of the centerpiece: a piece of steel originally from the World Trade Center.
"I sat down one summer night in 2012 with my grandfather and my dad and we just started coming up with Eagle Scout ideas," Griffith said. "Before we knew it, we came up with this War on Terror memorial. Each piece represents something different."
The piece of steel, which represents the attack on New York, sits in a Pentagon-shaped patio of brick pavers, the surrounding pond and woods represent the field in Pennsylvania where a third plane went down.
A motorcade of firefighters and police officers joined the Griffith family to escort the steel to its designation at Holly Springs Veterans Park.
The monument will be officially dedicated June 14, Flag Day and the day that would have been Sam Griffith's 39th birthday.