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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Westford, Massachusetts 9/11 Memorial

In February, I received the following message: "I wanted to let you know there is a new 9-11 monument in Westford you should see if you ever swing through the town. It is located in the area in between the Town Hall and the Fire Station in the Common area of town. I was able to go and see it dedicated and it is beautiful.  It has green sea glass that glows from underneath at night too. Check out the facebook page and pictures on it."  Naturally, I had to go and see it. My first visit was on April 19th, but I realized it should be seen at night, as you will see below. This is indeed a treasure of a Monument, and as many times I look at these photos, I get quite emotional. I believe you will too.

I went just before dark recently, and had the pleasure of chatting with a fireman who knew a lot about this memorial. He shared a few things with me, first telling me that Westford firefighter David Christiana, a sculptor, created the 9-11 memorial. The granite and green glass came from Pennsylvania and represents the field where Flight 93 crashed on the field, the middle base is in the shape of the octagon represents the Pentagon and the bronze work is beautifully engraved with an image of the Twin Towers and names of all 92 Massachusetts heroes who died that day. The caldron holds some metal from one of the collapsed Twin Towers.

92 names engraved on the ribbon, surrounding the Towers.

Town of Westford, Massachusetts
Westford Remembers 9-11 Monument

Dedicated on September 11, 2013, this monument is a permanent Memorial to all 92 Massachusetts heroes, including two of our own, taken from us in the terrorist attacks on our nation that fateful day. May it serve as a symbol of Hope, Freedom and Liberty.
Photo taken in the middle of the day, in early spring.
Westford Remembers 9 11 
Susan A. MacKay 
James F. Hayden
Donated by the Residents of Westford  Sept. 11, 2011

Brian K. Kinney Memorial, Lowell, MA Resident, is Remembered on 9-11-14



This memorial was inaccessible for quite a few years, while construction for new additions to the University of Massachusetts Lowell occurred. Behind the memorial used to be a gas station, but is now a parking lot for college buses. It is my understanding that Brian worked part-time at the gas station. He lived a block away from me, but I didn't know it until after 9-11. A memorial flowering tree was planted in the front yard, and there is a small marker there.

As a genealogist, I just got a little too curious, and googled his name. Found the following information, there are two write-ups about this remarkable person:

Brian Kinney
United Flight 175 


As a kid, Brian Kinney pumped gas at his family's Texaco station in Lowell, Mass., but even after college, when he put on a suit and started to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, he spent Saturdays in his greasy old clothes, working alongside his dad. Mr. Kinney was grateful to his father for putting him through school, and he also loved catching up with customers' news. That was Mr. Kinney: equally comfortable in a white collar or blue one; tireless in his capacity for work; a friendly, enthusiastic fellow who asked "How are you?" before "Fill it up?" because he really wanted to know.

Decades earlier, Alison Hardy's father had worked at Kinney's. When she was 14, her father said she could cash her paychecks there. Brian wasn't yet allowed to handle money, but his father made an exception for Alison, so Brian had an excuse to talk with her when she came by. They married in 1998, settled in Lowell, visited their families weekly, planned to start their own.

At 28, the engaging, industrious Mr. Kinney had risen from intern to manager at Pricewaterhouse. He could have taken care of that California client by phone. But on Sept. 11, Mr. Kinney boarded United Airlines Flight 175 because he wanted to shake the client's hand and see how he really was doing. 
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on April 28, 2002.

In New York City, September 11, 2001, Brian K. Kinney, 28, of Lowell. Manager of Global Risk Management Solutions at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Boston. Beloved husband of Alison M. (Hardy) Kinney of Lowell. Beloved son of Norman P. and Darlene T. (Cormier) Kinney of Dracut. Brother of Timothy Kinney of Lowell. Grandson of Anna T. (Thibeault) Kinney of Chelmsford, Theresa and Rudy Paquett of Lowell and Robert P. Dalton of Lowell. Son-in-law of Paul A. and Susan (Mulligan) Hardy, Sr. of Lowell. Brother-in-law of Ann E. Draper, Paul A. Hardy, Jr., Jessica D. Hardy, Neil R. Hardy, Philip J. Hardy, Timothy Sousa and Tiffany L. Sousa. Friends will be received at Ste. Jeanne d'Arc Church, White St., Lowell on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass celebrating Brian's life will be said Sunday evening at 7:00. Those wishing kindly make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Societty, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02154. Arrangements by the O'Donnell Funeral Home, LOWELL.
Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on 9/13/2001.

I have never heard of the National September 11 Memorial Find-A-Grave site. 
Brian is buried there.