Fairfield Harbour Will Never Forget
Fairfield Harbour honored all the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001, at 6pm this past Sunday in front of the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department’s (TCVFD) Fairfield Harbour Substation.
The Fairfield Harbour ceremony included a color guard from Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station with remarks made by Craven County Commissioner Tom Mark, Senator Norman Sanderson, Representative Michael Speciale (both from the NC General Assembly), Brian Giersch and Linda Murdock.
A wreath was placed at the 9/11 memorial, while listening to the sound of trumpet by Bob Dumon, vocals by the Fairfield Harbour Chorus and the Southern Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus.
Building of the Memorial was a Community Effort
Assistant Fire Chief Matt Spirko said it was a community effort to build the memorial and a center of community pride in the largely retirement community. He said volunteers undertook the project, including the fire department members and retired members, such as Jim Abell and Walt Kerner.
The memorial includes actual girders from the World Trade Center, which were gathered and stored in New Jersey. The transportation to New Jersey to bring the girders back to Fairfield Harbour was led by Marshal VanWinkle of Bridgeton, who has a museum and is a well-known antique car collector. Fairfield Harbour resident and architect, Betsy Conzelman, provided the design.
At the 2011 ceremony, a plaque was dedicated by Ann Simpson, remembering the late Vinnie Albanese, who worked tirelessly at the attack site in the days after the tragedy. He died of a 9/11 site-related illness.
The Fairfield Harbour 9/11 Constuction Story.
It All Came Together - Part 1 Relics from the Rubble Fairfield Harbour 9-11 Memoria
It All Came Together - Part 2 Construction of the Fairfield Harbour 9-11 Memorial
Fairfield Supports the Arts!
In 2010 two Fairfield Women, Barbara Lubsen and Vicki Vitali, launched the Bear Town Bears Project. They ended up with 50 fiberglass, custom painted bears sold and placed around New Bern. These two bears were painted by Cheryl Ash and Barbara Hesketh, Fairfield residents. You can see Harbie Bear and Gentle Giant Bear standing proudly at the FH entrances.