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World Trade Center Memorial

View of World Trade Center

This photo of the World Trade Center has the shadow of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church which was destroyed when the World Trade center collapsed on September 11, 2001. The photo inspired the memorial Icon of St. Nicholas which was crafted in copper as a memorial to those who perished.

To view the Memorial Icon of St. Nicholas please click here

Father Andrew Receives Memorial Section Of Trade Center
July 2002

After receiving permission from the city of New York, Father Andrew went to pick up a section of the World Trade Center to be used as a memorial in connection with the new building at St. Lukes. Below we see Father Andrew standing at the site with the memorial

- Father Andrew standing at the Site of the former World Trade Center with the beam which he brought back to St. Luke in Palos Hills

The following is an article from the Daily Southtown. Below we can see more pictures from Father Andrew's trip to New York


Source: The Daily South Town

Date: July 1, 2002

Title: "You just want to cry": Palos Hills preacher visits WTC site

Author: Jim Hook, Staff Writer

The Rev. Andrew Harrison had a few weeks to prepare himself for what would confront him once he reached the site of the World Trade Center in New York. He still wasn't ready for what he saw when he arrived last week to pick up a piece of steel beam from the towers that will be used as a memorial in the 98 year--old St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church in Palos Hills.

Harrison said Monday he doesn't know if he could have ever really been ready for what he experienced when he arrived at ground zero. "You just want to cry," he said. "But there is anger there too. You ask yourself why would someone do this to us," Harrison said.

He said he was amazed at the size of the hole in the ground where the towers and other prominent buildings once stood majestically over the New York City landscape. "The mass destruction in and around there is incredible," Harrison said. "The whole area is devastated. "There's a kind of reverence associated with the site," he said. "It's like a cemetery."

Harrison said everywhere he looked he was reminded of the tragedy that occurred Sept 11. He said he saw signs that said, "Don't call this Ground Zero, but rather the Ground of Heroes" and "We will never forget." Harrison said being at the site "made it real." "You watch it on TV or read about it in the newspaper and you are removed from it," he said. "But when you are there, it has a real impact on you."

Harrison said he was most affected by front-page photos in a New York Times newspaper that showed people hanging off buildings and jumping to their deaths Sept. 11. "People were actually jumping from these tall buildings," he said, pausing for a moment to compose himself "I had dreams about what that must have been like on my trip back.

"Harrison returned last week with a 200-pound piece of steel beam from one of the World Trade Center. He said a church committee will decide where to display the piece of steel beam. One option, Harrison said, is including it in the church's new bell tower.

The 160-member, Orthodox church, is undergoing. a $1 million renovation that includes new Sunday school classrooms, offices, a vestibule, a basement and the bell tower. Harrison wrote a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking for a piece of the World Trade Center to incorporate into the church's new bell tower. He said he received a phone call two weeks ago from Bloomberg's office saying his request had been granted.

Bloomberg's office has allocated more than 93 pieces of steel to church and nonprofit groups on the stipulation that they be used as memorials. Harrison picked up the steel beam from a cordoned-off section of ground zero. He wrapped the steel beam in an American flag for the journey home. "I took special care driving home with that beam" Harrlson said "It's sacred because 2,823 lives are connected to it"

Construction Workers

Above we see the two construction workers who assisted Father Andrew by preparing the memorial for transport. Below we see them loading the memorial into the rented Ford Van that Father Andrew drove to New York City

Construction Workers Load Memorial Into Car

Father Andrew Places Flag Over Memorial

Above we see Father Andrew covering the memorial with an American flag as you would for the burial of national hero. Below we see a banner: WE WILL NEVER FORGET under a Bank which will be torn down because of damage

Banner On Site

Signs Of Healing
July 2002

The pictures below were taken during Father Andrew's trip to pick up the memorial. Everywhere signs of rebuilding and healing were evident. They are a testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit and the healing powers of our Lord and Savior.

Images Of Healing. Images Of Healing.

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A Day of Mourning and Remembrance

Blessing of Belltower.
On September 11, 2002, the parish of St. Luke dedicated itself to the remembrance of those who perished in the tragedy. The day began with the blessing of the newly constructed bell tower by his Grace Bishop Job.

Plaque on  Belltower.

A plaque was permantly placed on the wall of the belltower.

Honor Guard Approaches.

Shortly after the blessing of the bell tower, an honor guard consisting of local firemen and police offically brought the piece of the world trade center to St. Luke's. They carried it into the building and placed it in the front of the church for the day's ceremonies.(See picture below.)

Memorial placed in church.
Belltower.

On this day the bells were rung for the first time in the newly constructed belltower.

Memorial service held.

A memorial service was then held to honor and remember those who perished in the tragedy. Several visiting clergy were in attendence.

Vigil at the memorial.

Following the memorial service, the church remained open for any and all to come and pray and stand vigil over the memorial.

Candles are lit.

The day was completed with a service in the evening. Afterwords, those present came forward and lit candles at the memorial.

Memorial in place.

Following the day's ceremonies, the memorial was placed in the parish entrance for any and all who wish to come and pray and light a candle in remembrance of those who perished.

Icon of St. Nicholas.

The of Icon St. Nicholas is crafted in copper using the repoussage method. This is the same method which was used for the Statue of Liberty. St. Nicholas was a Fourth Century Bishop in the city of Myra which is in present day Turkey. He was know for his miracles of healing and great works of charity. He is holding the Gospel which is a symbol of his office as Bishop and giving the traditional blessing with his right hand. The position of the fingers spell out X C the abbreviation for Jesus Christ in Greek. Above the halo is the bell and tower of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The Church was totally demolished when the World Trade Center collapsed. Neither the relics of St. Nicholas, which was housed in the church, or the bell was recovered. On the Icon behind the church are two of the World Trade Center buildings.

Through the Prayers of St. Nicholas may He bring about the healing of the suffering, the eternal rest for the departed and the rebuilding of both the World Trade Center and St. Nicholas Church

For those who wish a more complete coverage of the day's events with additional pictures please click here