Hayward Resident Unveils Plan to Build 9/11 Memorial

Hayward resident Michael Emerson presented plans to build a 9/11 memorial to the Hayward city council Last Tuesday.

Emerson has previous experience building the national Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Penn., and the Flight 93 memorial in Union City. He was the project manager and designer of the Castro Valley Veterans Memorial, which was completed last November.

“The plan is to get the land donated by the city, but have the memorial actually built by private funds from donations,” Emerson told the city council.

Mayor Michael Sweeney and Councilman Greg Jones have expressed interest in the project.

Emerson stated he has sent City Manager Fran David letters of support from Supervisor Richard Valle, Assembly Member Bill Quirk, Senator Ellen Corbett, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and Rep. Barbara Lee.

The project has received verbal support from Sheriff Greg Ahern, Frank Mellon of the East Bay Municipal Utility District, Supervisor Nate Miley, Fire Chief Derek Petraeus, and Police Chief Diane Urban, said Emerson.

Dennis Waespi, former president of Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, spoke to city council in support of Emerson’s project. He had worked previously with Emerson on the veteran’s memorial in Castro Valley.

Waespi and Larry Lepore, park superintendent, will be part of the building and planning process.

“We don’t really have everything in place yet, but I did want to advise you that this is something I would like to go forward with,” Emerson said.

A preliminary design of the memorial shows a large dark star situated inside of a circle, with a flag rising from the center of the star.

They city council has not set an agenda for further hearings.