9/11 is a day SMACNA member Mark Papadimitriou, president of Themis Chimney, has vowed never to forget. This year, upon hearing that many local ceremonies were being canceled or going virtual due to COVID, the Bronx, N.Y.-based contractor decided to create his own event, a first-of-its-kind memorial ceremony that included a custom-fabricated sheet metal replica of the Twin Towers. The memorial service, held in Juniper Park in the Middle Village neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., replaced the annual candlelight memorial usually held there, which took place virtually this year.
John Contrubis, Associate Director of NYC SMACNA, reached out to the Communications team at SMACNA National to help tell this story. SMACNA developed a media pitch and reached out to NYC broadcast outlets. FOX5NY responded positively and sent a crew to the event, resulting in the following story appearing as part of FOX5NY’s primary 9/11 coverage FOX5NY coverage.
Mark spent over 240 man hours and 90 machine hours fashioning a unique sheet metal replica of the Twin Towers that included the name of each person lost in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center etched in gold tinge.
Milwaukee Tool provided lighting for the memorial, which include interior lighting for the towers — one emanating blue light, the other red — with other exhibits backlit with white lights.
Mark’s decision to create the memorial was linked to personal loss as result of 9/11 and a desire to keep the memorial service a live, in-person event. “When they started talking about not doing the lights [this year], I walked into my office, and I told my team we had a job to do,” said Mark.