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Arlie Combs Jr., 49, of Macclenny

Arlie Windol Combs Jr., 49, of Macclenny died Sunday, September 4 at the VA Medical Center in Lake City following an extended illness. Mr. Combs was born in Jacksonville and lived most of his life in Duval County before moving back to Macclenny three years ago. He was a self-employed plumber and carpenter for most of his life and a member of Wesconnett United Methodist Church of Jacksonville.

Survivors include daughter C. Brandice (Steven) Etheridge of Statesboro, AR; father Arlie Windol Combs Sr of Macclenny; mother Nancy Anderson of Maxville; grandmother Evelyn Combs of Macclenny; brother Darren (Debbie) Combs of Jacksonville; step-sisters Debra McCall of Jacksonville and Lisa Anderson of Jacksonville Beach; grandchild Jonathan Etheridge.

A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, September 9 at 1:00 pm at the Jacksonville  National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, September 8 at Guerry Funeral Home in Macclenny.

The renaissance of Ground Zero

The surviving Double Check statue.The massive construction site that is Ground Zero has been shrouded from the public view for some time as workers rebuild the World Trade Center.

But a fascinating program series produced by Stephen Spielberg called Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero has given viewers an inside look at the work being done to reclaim and renew the site of the greatest terrorist disaster the United States has ever known.

Two perfect square recessions, each an acre in size and descending 30 feet below the surface of the earth mark the location where the Twin Towers once stood.

Referred to as “the footprints,” each granite-lined cavity has begun to murmur with the constant rush of flowing water, making them the largest man-made waterfalls in the world.

The waterfalls are the centerpiece of what will be Memorial Plaza. When the plaza officially opens on September 12, visitors will see bronze panels that surround the falls containing the names of employees, firemen, policemen and visitors who were present when the Twin Towers came down.

They will see names of passengers and crew of American Airlines flight 277 which crashed into the Pentagon, the names of passengers and crew on United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania and the six people who lost their lives when the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993.

Hundreds of swamp white oaks will surround the waterfalls creating a tranquil green space for visitors and the employees who will eventually again inhabit Freedom Tower and other buildings still under construction.

On a recent evening I stood outside of Ground Zero where even at night, scores of people work amid the whir and clank and grind of massive machinery, determined to bring the World Trade Center back from the grave.

 

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