Posted by Bob Gravino on Aug 05, 2018
One of the community service project that the Rotary Club of Ipswich is involved in is maintaining the 9/11 Memorial and Garden in the Town of Rowley. The memorial honors the three Rowley residents who were killed on American Airlines Flight #11 on September 11, 2001, and was dedicated on September 8. 2012. The memorial is made from a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York City. In the spring and fall of the year, a work party of Ipswich Rotarians spend a Saturday morning sprucing up the garden and planting seasonal flowers to keep the area beautiful and to honor the memory of the married couple and woman who lost their lives in the tragedy of 9/11.
Rowley Select Board member and Ipswich Rotarian Bob Snow received a call in late July from a resident who lives across the street from where the married couple lived in Rowley. She asked Bob about the Memorial and who took care of it. The caller told Bob that the married couple’s oldest daughter was coming from California for her 30th high school reunion in the near future and asked if someone might clean up the Memorial and Garden. This was the daughter that the couple were flying out to visit on 9/11.
Without hesitation, Bob contacted the local garden center that donates plantings for the semiannual work on the garden, removed the old spring plantings and put the donated arrangements in the ground, arranged for the watering of the new plants, and replaced the worn American flags at the memorial with new ones provided by the Rowley Fire Department.
Be the Inspiration. Thank you, Bob Snow.