How Verona Got Its 9/11 Steel


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Verona's 9/11 monument includes a piece of steel from the World Trade Center towers.
Verona’s 9/11 monument includes a piece of steel from the World Trade Center towers.
Marina Koren graduated Verona High School with the class of 2008. After receiving her diploma from the University of Delaware, she began a career in journalism that has taken her from Psychology Today and Smithsonian Magazine to the National Journal and The Atlantic, where she now serves as senior associate editor.

Koren has always wondered how her hometown got a piece of steel from the World Trade Center towers for its monument in the center of her hometown and today, on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she published a piece in The Atlantic about how fragments of the Twin Towers have been turned into memorials all over the United States.

“The memorialization of the tragic events of September 11,” she wrote,” has become part of a healing process for victims, their families, and the general public.”

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Two Verona residents, William Erwin and Stephen Roach, died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, as did Howard Kestenbaum, a resident of Montclair who worshipped at Congregation Beth Ahm. This morning, Mayor Kevin Ryan, who witnessed the attacks from an office in lower Manhattan, remembered those who died. Flags were set out in front of Verona’s town hall for each of the 2,977 victims.

You can read Koren’s full piece in The Atlantic here, and follow Koren on Twitter.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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