Thursday Sep 07, 2023

My Rowlett - Sculpting Remembrance: The Story Behind the Rowlett 9/11 Memorial

In a powerful tribute to the heroes of 9/11 and a celebration of Rowlett's own first responders, we take you behind the scenes of a remarkable & profound public art installation. Tune into this touching episode as we unveil the story behind the new 9/11 memorial sculpture at Fire Station 2 in Rowlett.

Your host, Hannah Rabalais sits down with a couple of key stakeholders who made this memorial a reality. We have the privilege of interviewing the talented artist behind the sculpture, Jonathan Millet, who shares his personal connection to this honorable profession and what motivated him to create this work of art.

We're also joined by two members of the Arts and Humanities Commission, Deborah Crosby & Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Winget who provide insights into the selection process and the significance of public art in fostering appreciation for local culture and heritage.

And, to bring us closer to the heart of the matter, Chief Neil Howard of the Rowlett Fire Department offers his perspective on the enduring impact of 9/11 and the importance of honoring both the fallen heroes of New York City and the steadfast commitment of Rowlett's firefighters.

This episode takes you on a journey through the sculpture's symbolism, its profound connection to 9/11, and the local spirit of resilience it embodies. Learn about the intricate details, including the 343 cutout Maltese Crosses, each bearing the name of a firefighter lost on that fateful day, and the bronze cast firefighters representing unity and service.

As we prepare for the public ceremony on September 9, 2023, at 10:30 A.M., we invite you to explore the heartwarming and profound story of a small city with a big heart, coming together to remember, honor, and celebrate the brave souls who run towards danger when others run away.

Join us for this touching episode and discover how art can serve as a powerful reminder that "We Will Never Forget 9-11-01."

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