Date Of Visit: September 3, 2018
Location: Union Avenue & North Elm Street
Parking: There are several parking lots (free of charge) in the area and some street parking nearby as well.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Highlights: 20′ high obelisk memorial to the victims of 9/11 who were natives of Westfield, MA
They weren’t just bond traders, planning managers and vp’s. They were sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles and friends. They were so much more than just a title or their professional achievements.
The 911 memorial at 911 Memorial Park is a somber reminder of the three people from Westfield, MA, and all of the people who were lost that day.
The park is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. The .05 acre park in Westfield, MA, serves to remind Westfield residents and anyone who visits the sacrifice and loss suffered on September 11, 2001. It was dedicated on September 11, 2011, ten years after the attacks.
The memorial is located on an island in the middle of a busy section of the city. If you do visit, please take notice of this. There are working traffic lights near the memorial. Lights are installed in the ground to illuminate the area during the evening, or on overcast days.
The three people who died on that day had so much going for them and had achieved so much in such little time. But, they were known for more than just their professional achievements.
Tara K Creamer (Shea) had graduated from UMASS Amherst and had a successful career as a planning manager at TJ Maxx. But, she was more known for her radiant smile.
A bond trader and former draft pick of the Boston Celtics, Daniel Trant was known more for being a family man who loved playing sports with his children.
Brian Joseph Murphy worked as an electronic bond trader. But, it was being a doting father and husband that he was most proud of. One of the last things he did with “his girls” was apple picking.
As I took the photos for this memorial, I couldn’t help but think of just how bright blue and clear the skies were. Much like they were on that day 17 years ago.
The inscription on the bronze plaque states:
TO INNOCENCE LOST
TARA KATHLEEN CREAMER
NOV. 30, 1970 – SEPT. 11, 2001
BRIAN JOSEPH MURPHY
WORLD TRADE CENTER
MARCH 21, 1960 – SEPT. 11, 2001
DANIEL PATRICK TRANT
WORLD TRADE CENTER
MAY 15, 1961 – SEPT. 11, 2001
I couldn’t find any information concerning the sculptor(s) or what material the memorial is made of. In a way, this is refreshing. The emphasis should be on the people and the memories their loved ones have of them. As it should be on this day.