Filled with emotion after the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and wanting to do something positive, several village residents purchased a commemorative brick from the Garden City Historical Society in the name of loved ones and friends who lost their lives on that fateful day. The Historical Society's brick campaign is designed to commemorate or memorialize people and events in the village. The bricks are placed in the pathway around the Society's historic 1872 A.T. Stewart-era house on Eleventh Street.
Village residents, from left, Toni Bardong, Kelly Overbrook and Mary Jean Miller, are supporting the Garden City Historical Society's commemorative pathway, a tangible way to honor friends and family, mark a milestone in family or business, highlight a move into the village, an anniversary or a variety of other events.
Kelly Overbrook, a lifelong Garden City resident, spearheaded the idea of buying a brick to honor local victims of September 11. With just a few calls, she was able to rouse support to purchase a large, two-foot-square brick engraved with all of the names of Garden City residents who perished that day. She had each person's age inscribed next to their name to highlight the young ages at which many of these folks passed away.
Other contributors to the commemorative brick included Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Ohl, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Vierengel, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Bardong, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Miller, Timothy Miller, Mary Ann Miller, Sean Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Chris Overbeck.
Overbrook's brother, Sean Miller, shared her desire to memorialize friends and acquaintances, and he purchased a separate brick of the same size, listing the names and year of graduation of all the victims who attended Garden City High School.
The two large bricks will be placed at the front entrance to the historic house, the future home of the Garden City Historical Society Museum. For further information or to purchase a commemorative brick, please call Kris Harder at 747-1774. The proceeds of the campaign are donated to the Society's restoration of its 1872 A.T. Stewart-era home. Village residents are encouraged to stop by and view the brick pathway.