The town of Foxborough gathered at the Public Safety Building Saturday evening for the dedication of the town's 9/11 memorial.
The evening dedication followed Foxborough's "McGinty Family Fun Day." Proceeds raised from McGinty Family Fun Day goes towards the McGinty Scholarship Foundation which is named in loving memory of former Foxboro resident Michael McGinty. The foundation awards two scholarships each year to college bound Foxboro residents to honor McGinty who was killed at the World Trade Center in the September 11, 2001 attacks at the age of 42.
The dedication ceremony featured remarks from Senator James Timilty, Representative Jay Barrows, Cindy McGinty, Joe Lally, Board of Selectmen Chairman Lawrence Harrington and Foxboro Never Forgets Founder Chris Mitchell.
"This memorial is a dream of one family and Chris Mitchell and his family give all their credit to the community that helped to make it a reality and to the leadership of one contractor, Mark Sullivan, who brought the dream to life," spoke Harrington in his opening remarks. "Chris, Mark, you and your team are American heroes as well."
Cindy McGinty recalled the story of how Mitchell and her became friends during her remarks.
"[After 9/11, I remember looking out my window and saw this guy mowing my grass. I went outside to talk to Chris and offered to pay, and he said, 'don't worry this is what I do' and for 8 years he did that.]"
McGinty also spoke about the unbreakable American spirit.
"The terrorists thought they were going to destroy us but what they really did was made us stronger," said McGinty. "We cannot forget that feeling because that is who we are. The memorial is here to help us remember to help each other."
Foxboro Never Forgets founder, Chris Mitchell, believes that "Foxborough runs on volunteerism."
"There were over 60 people and over 2,000 hours of time dedicated to the 9/11 memorial," noted Mitchell.
According to Mitchell, the memorial was designed to honor the "past and educate the future."
"What I would like to educate the future on about this tragic day in history, are the days following September 11, 2001," spoke Mitchell. "How this country came together as a nation and vowed to rebuild."
The dedication ceremony invocation was given by Rev. Stephen Madden and Pastor Paul Sangree delivered the Benediction.