BUILDING TO REMEMBER …. Press Release

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On February 10, 2013, The Huntington Beach Police Officers’ Association, Huntington Each Firefighter’s Association and City of Huntington Beach hosted the “Building to Remember” Gala for the Huntington Beach 911 Memorial.  The Huntington Beach Hyatt hosted the event that drew about 500 guests.  The guests that attended came from through out southern California, New Jersey and New York.

The event was put together to raise private funding for the Huntington Beach 911 Memorial.  Many of the major donations came from local businesses within the City of Huntington Beach and surrounding areas.  There was also a silent auction on various items that were donated by local businesses.  The silent auction gave everyone an opportunity to participate at the event.

The guest speakers consisted of the following:

  • Patrick Vogel (The designer and builder of the memorial.)
  • Captian Kevin Devlin, Retired (New York City Fire Department)
  • Arlene Howard (Mother of Officer George Howard, Part Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey)
  • Firefighter Chris Howard (New York City Fire Department)

The Huntington Beach 911 Memorial is scheduled to  be dedicated on September 11, 2013.

Huntington Beach 911 Memorial

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Huntington Beach 911 Memorial, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET”

On February 23, 2013, Patrick Vogel Designs Inc submitted a design(model) to the Huntington Beach Police Officers’ Foundation and the Huntington Beach Firefighters Association to build a 911 Memorial for the City of Huntington Beach. We are happy to announce that on May 10, 2012, Patrick Vogel Designs Inc was chosen to build the memorial from a large pool of artists and architects that submitted proposals.

The 911 Memorial will feature a marble base with two stainless steel towers and will incorporate two girders from the New York World Trade Center wreckage.  The words “We Will Never Forget” will be etched along the base of the memorial.

The 911 Memorial will be placed outside the Huntington Beach City Hall building. The exact location will be determined in the beginning of 2013.

Mark Bixby Memorial, “The Forming Wave” – Unveiled. Long Beach, CA. August 10, 2012.

Mark Bixby Memorial

We just unveiled the Mark Bixby Memorial, “The Forming Wave”, on August 10, 2012. Mark Bixby came from one of Long Beach’s founding families that once operated ranches in the area. “The Forming Wave” is a representation of one of nature’s most incredible forces on earth. The energy of the wave is a representation of the energy and spirit that Mark had for life. He was a community leader, avid surfer, bicycle advocate, businessman and father of three.

Mark Bixby was one of five people killed in a plane crash at Long Beach Airport on March 16, 2011.

It was placed next to Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool (Long Beach, CA), which is currently under renovation. It is located at the intersection of Termino Avenue and Olympic Plaza.

This facility is famous for the 1968 and 1976 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. It was also used as a training site during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. This ART piece includes a programmed lighting system that will simulate a wave in motion.

It was a great turn out. The community of Long Beach really showed its support by coming out to see the unveiling….

Pictures are by Press-Telegram photographer, Stephen Carr.

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