September 11, 2016


Repairs in progress!

The memorial is looking good, it will be mostly repaired before the candle light vigil.

How it came to be…

IMGP2236The 9/11 Memorial Tile Project began on May 31, 2008 at Volunteer’s Park in Valatie as a service project for Girl Scout Service Unit #126. Girl Scouts and community members worked side by side that day to decorate tiles that are adhered to the memorial structure.

Girl Scouts in Service Unit #126, from the Valatie and Kinderhook area, planned a 9/11 Memorial Tile project, in which the girls collaborated with adult volunteers to plan and implement a place of reflection and remembrance dedicated to our local heroes.  Every community should have a place to grieve, honor their heroes, reflect and teach their children about the events of 9/11.  The town of Kinderhook, New York, like most towns, struggled with how to teach their children about the tragic events of 9/11.

Planning for this project began in September of 2007.  Dawna Mraz, Troop Leader, was the project planner and was instrumental in gaining help from Girl Scouts and the community.  Meetings were held between Girl Scout Service Unit adult volunteers and town officials about the project.  An architect donated his services to design the physical memorial, allowing for 3,000 decorated tiles to be attached, one for each victim of the September 11th attacks.  A local printing company donated their services to print informational brochures asking for community support.  

As a part of on-going service to their community, the Girl Scouts made the commitment to help maintain the grounds and structure after the project is completed, using any extra money raised from the donations.