Cleveland Civitan Club
Sep 15, 2013 | 580 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gary McDonald, member of the Cleveland Civitan Club, presented a very somber program to the group this Wednesday to remember 9/11. His presentation of the “Cross at Ground Zero” was mesmerizing to the members and reminded that in the midst of all the chaos in the days following the fall of the World Trade towers, the first responders and volunteers from around the country, were digging through rubble without regard to their own safety. Rescue worker Frank Silecchia found what has come to be known as the “Ground Zero Cross” on Sept. 13, 2001, two days after the terrorist attacks and brought it to the attention of a Franciscan priest, Father Brian Jordon, who was at the sight blessing remains. In the middle of all the mounds of bent steel, a 17-foot crossbeam was thrust at a vertical angle in the shape of a cross. Father Jordon blessed it and the workers rallied around it every day during the cleanup. Gary has made a replica of the cross and it is on display at his home this weekend.