Several department employees thought it was appropriate to team together in constructing a 9/11 Memorial display at Howdershell Park for this year’s 10th anniversary.
This idea was the product of a brainstorming session involving Hazelwood’s head custodian Larry Epifanio and Pam Reynolds, the Hazelwood Community Center facility manager. “We both agreed that we needed to do something to honor the 9/11 victims since our Harvestfest event would be held on the same weekend as all the other 10th anniversary memorial services. Many hands were involved in making this project a reality. It was truly a Parks and Recreation department team effort,” said Pam Reynolds.
Reynolds came up with the design for the plaque which showed the three-dimensional emblem of an American Bald Eagle against the backdrop of an American flag at the top. The inscription at the bottom featured this statement: IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST, SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. She then received cooperation from Hazelwood’s maintenance department in building the white podium for the plaque to rest on.
Epifanio contacted Walbert & Sons Nursery and they agreed to donate some flowers, shrubs and greenery for the 9/11 Memorial display. He then enlisted the help of another custodian, Sylvester Lofties, to do the landscaping and to post six American flags in a semi-circle behind the podium and plaque.