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Ground Zero cornerstone now in LI garden

In this July 3, 2006, photo the cornerstone

In this July 3, 2006, photo the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is shown in Hauppauge at Innovative Stone, the Long Island company that made it. Photo Credit: Newsday / Julia Gaines

A 20-ton block of granite once envisioned as the cornerstone for New York’s Freedom Tower is getting a new home on Long Island.

Although dedicated at the ground zero site in 2004, the stone
was quietly removed in 2006 to allow for other construction and
returned to the company where it was inscribed.

Innovative Stone CEO Karen Pearse says it’s not clear whether
the 5 1/2-foot-tall stone will ever return to New York City. Rather
than keep it in storage, Pearse says the company wants to give it a
place of honor.

Giant cranes moved the stone Tuesday to a garden in front of the
company’s Hauppauge facility. It will be rededicated
Friday, the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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