Norwich Township, in cooperation with the City of Hilliard, created this 9/11 Reflection Garden in the front lawn of the Safety Services Building, located at 5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard. When you visit the Safety Services building, you may notice this garden includes a flag pole and several fountains. This beautiful Reflection Garden allows for visitors from our community and beyond to stop; take a moment; and reflect on what America means to them and to remember those whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001.
The flagpole stands tall and proud at the base of the garden. Many are surprised to learn that it was once a fixture at the World Trade Center. It is one of five flagpoles that stood on Church Street outside of the World Trade Center Plaza in New York City and survived the tragedy of September 11th.
Other than shortening the pole for removal, it is untouched. If you look closely at the pole, you’ll see the scars that remain from the events of that day. They are a reminder of the tragedy, but also of the strength and survival of our nation.
Within the Reflection Garden, in front of the flagpole, are several water fountains. Three pillars stand together, along with a large basin. Each quietly distributes a continuous flow of water that provides a serene and peaceful setting. The water flowing from the fountains is a fluid reminder that even in times of great loss the American people stand united.
Rock & Plaque
As you take in the surroundings of the garden, you’ll notice a large stone with a plaque mounted in its center. The plaque informs visitors about each element included in the garden and the importance of what they represent.
Pavers & Benches
When the idea of the Reflection Garden was put into place, the community was invited to participate in its creation. Visitors will notice engraved pavers, along with name plaques on beautiful benches. Each were purchased by members and supporters of our community in support of this project and carry individual messages and meanings. It is one more reminder of the support of this wonderful community.
Hilliard’s First Responders Park
In addition to the Reflection Garden, Norwich Township was proud to partner with the City of Hilliard in the creation of Hilliard’s First Responder Park. The park is located at the corners of Main Street and Center Street in downtown Hilliard, an area representing a typical American city. It includes three granite walls inscribed with the names of all who lost their lives on 9/11, as well as steel pieces that were part of the Twin Towers. This area also includes a reflection pool and personalized pavers. A unique metal sculpture combining elements of light and shadow that cast images depicting 9/11 is one of the key focal points.
Whether visiting our Safety Services building or downtown Hilliard, we hope you take some time to visit these beautiful memorials.
Norwich Township Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting