After the U.S. 9/11 tragedy those that could travelled to the three areas hit, New York, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania, where United Flight 93 crashed, and helped with rescue, recovery or donated funds if they were able.
There were many who could do neither but everyone was united in offering prayers. Some folks felt led to write a song, poem or paint a picture. Roberto Torres Sr. of Florida (formerly of New York) was one of those who chose to use his carpenter talents to build a Flag of Stone. Torres stated, “I couldn’t give money or go there and physically help, but I felt I had to do something to express myself.”
The flag was made of granite and tile, weighs 200 pounds, and when it was displayed on its stand was 6 feet tall. After its completion it traveled around Florida, being displayed in several locations, such as IGFA Fishing Hall Of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, state Capital in Tallahassee, U. S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville and the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Torres was looking for a permanent home for the Flag of Stone and West Liberty was chosen for the honor. Several West Liberty businesses funded the project to bring the Flag of Stone to its new home and it was transported by Jamie Shaffner, Kenneth Lancaster and Laymon Wilder.
It is permanently displayed in the West Liberty Town Hall Council Chamber room. The wall where the Flag is hung was specially built to hold the weight of the Flag and a window was designed to show the Flag in the Town Clerk’s office. The Flag of Stone can be viewed during regular business hours and there is a folder containing pictures of the making of the Flag. It is a reminder not of the bad that happened on 9/11 but of the good that came from it.
There will be a “We Will Not Forget” ceremony at Freedom Grove in Urbana on Patriot Day, Sept. 11, that starts at 8:15 a.m.
Resources – West Liberty Town Hall