New Hampshire Creates Large 9/11 Monument

 A large, steel-based memorial in New England, New Hampshire is fast becoming the state’s largest September 11th monument.

A nine-ton, 23-foot steel beam from the north tower of the World Trade Centre stands alongside a large glass tower, representing New York City’s new World Trade Centre. Taking up an impressive two acres of Benson’s Park, the memorial also features five 35-foot walls designed to represent the Pentagon as well as a huge glass area meant to represent the fields in Shanksville, PA.

The project, which was initially designed on a napkin, is headed by Fire Captain David Morin. Morin was inspired after reading an article in the newspaper about New York giving away steel pieces salvaged from the World Trade Centre for use in local memorials.

He applied for a piece of steel and formed a volunteer committee in 2009. Approximately $30,000 in private donations has been raised in support of the project and local businesses have donated more than $100,000 in materials and skilled labour.

The memorial was dedicated on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Benson Park in a special ceremony that marked the ten-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. John Lynch and U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte were on hand for the 2 p.m. dedication.

Morin and his volunteers picked up the monument’s steel centerpiece a few months back and along with the help of a dozen volunteers from the Hudson Fire Department, and a donated flat-bed truck, they transported the beam from John F. Kennedy airport in New York back to the memorial site.

The beam was draped the steel beam in an American flag and secured to a flatbed. “For something that’s a piece of steel, it changes everyone [and] affects everyone,” Morin told the Wall Street Journal.

To see pictures of the construction site or to learn more about the construction project, visit Newstimes.com or the WMUR 9 New Hampshire.

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