The peaceful memorial was a second unveiling of sorts for the sculpture incorporating steel beams from the fallen World Trade Center.
Essentially finished when it was dedicated two years ago on the tenth anniversary, the sculpture has been transformed into a reflective space to sit and gather one’s thoughts.
A project organized and coordinated by Oak Lawn Rotary Club members, who wanted to honor their own half-century mark, more donations needed to be raised to
complete the installation. Pavers have since been added, along with dramatic lighting, where under a deep blue sky, the twisted beams shined triumphantly.
Mayor Sandra Bury thanked all of the elected officials for coming to the vigil. Perhaps the project that put her on the map as a mayoral contender, Bury pulled the cover off a new sign for the train station, a name change she had lobbied hard for: Oak Lawn-Patriot Station.
For the 100 or so residents gathered on Wednesday night, it
was a moment to reflect by the powerful sculpture, which, in the words of its creator, artist Erik Blome, is about all of us.