Hunter Mountain builds 9/11 memorial

The 9/11 memorial at Hunter Mountain ski area. Joe Jove

On Saturday, New York's Hunter Mountain ski area will be hosting a memorial service for the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2011 by erecting a monument made from steel from the World Trade Center.

Two steel towers with an American flag and a bronze plaque have been built in Dolan's Lake Park on the entrance road to Hunter Mountain, which is two hours north of New York City.

The project was the brainchild of Joe Jove, a retired lieutenant from the New York City Fire Department and a Hunter Mountain Hall of Fame member. "I have been thinking about building this memorial for the last 10 years," Jove said. "We've had this steel for a few years but we couldn't decide where we were going to construct it. I decided this year would be a good year to do this since it's the 10-year anniversary."

David Slutzky, one of the owners of Hunter Mountain, cut and built the 14-foot-high steel structure. Jove, who worked for 30 years with FDNY and retired just before Sept. 11, 2011, designed the plaque that sits at the base of the structure. The plaque reads: "This monument of WTC steel is dedicated to all who were lost on 9/11/01 and to our heroes who made the supreme sacrifice."

Jove has organized ski races for the FDNY and East Coast Firefighters at Hunter for the last 39 years. "For all of these years, fireman have been coming up to Hunter," Jove said. "The mountain has been a home to many firefighters and police officers over the years. This is like our second home, our second family."

The memorial service takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Families of people who were lost on 9/11, as well members of the FDNY and New York State Police will likely be in attendance.