Highland Park 9/11 memorial remains in progress

By Erika Mahoney

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A wooden beam still stands inside the 9/11 garden memorial at Highland Park.

One week out from the 12th anniversary of the attack, Town of Union board members discussed how they plan to move forward with their memorial.

The wooden piece serves as a place holder for a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

The town acquired the twisted metal last year and showcased it during their 2012 9/11 ceremony at the park.

Since then the beam has been kept at an undisclosed location, according to Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak.

While it will make another appearance at this year's ceremony, Sotak said she wishes the entire memorial was complete.

"We really would have liked it actually in place," Rose Sotak said. "With the recovery of the flood, it has set us back. This piece is to be treated with very high respect within the town of Union. That's why we don't want it rushed. We want it done very nicely, very tastefully. That's why we are taking a bit of extra time."

The board is currently deciding between granite or bluestone for the base of the memorial.

While granite is expected to cost roughly $32,000, bluestone is expected to cost about $5,000 less.

The board will be reaching out to the community to raise money for the project.

Sotak said she's confident local businesses and people will step forward.

This year's memorial is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Park.

The ceremony will be hosted by the Endwell Womens' Club and the town of Union.