UPDATE: Memorial Bell Tower Unveiled on 9/11

By: WSAZ News Staff, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Jennifer Rizzi Email

UPDATE 9/11/13 @ 10:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bell tower memorial was unveiled Wednesday at Spring Hill Cemetery for lost loved ones.

Officials say the 600-pound bronze bell was constructed to honor victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, veterans, and the victims of the Marshall plane crash.

It was paid for by flag sales at the Healing Field, a flag garden in the cemetery for community grief.

"The meaning that it has for the community and for us is just overwhelming," Dr. Ken Ambrose said.

Ambrose lost his son Paul on 9/11 and has worked tirelessly to keep his memory alive since then.

"Paul was a person who loved life and enjoyed everything," Ambrose said. "Hopefully the bell tower will be a reminder of the friendship and the contact he had with all."

Officials say the memorial cost more than $180,000 in its entirety.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of American flags help make up the Healing Field at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Each one honors a 9/11 victim, a veteran or a lost loved one.

For three years now, the flags have been sold to help build a memorial bell tower at the cemetery.

The scene is especially touching for Sharon Ambrose, whose son died 12 years ago on 9/11.

"I think you come out here and all these flags and people who are remembering with us; it just feels very good," Ambrose said. "Feels very close to him."

The field is open from September 7th - 15, with flag sales available daily from 10 a.m. To 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 - 5 p.m.

For more information call (304) 696-5954 or visit www.ghprd.org.

The bell tower will be unveiled this year on September 11 at 6:00.

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