February 13, 2012
Want to hear detailed plans for area Sept. 11 memorial?
A planning committee soon will unveil detailed plans for the city's memorial to the victims and survivors of Sept. 11.The star of the Sept. 11th Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois will be a 32-foot-long, 7,100-pound piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center. It was delivered to Belleville by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after the organizers applied to receive the artifact.Although the committee showed some drawings and plans at a recent City Council meeting, on March 6 in a public event at Lindenwood University, the committee will officially reveal visual renderings and specific plans for the memorial.The group aims to complete the memorial by September.The memorial will be placed on the grounds of the Belleville Fire Department's administrative offices and engine house at the intersection of Illinois 15 and Illinois 159. Sharon Strausbaugh, co-chair of the planning committee, said the Port Authority wanted the artifacts to be placed in highly visible areas, so that was a main reason behind choosing that location.Strausbaugh said the memorial will consist of four main parts: An entrance plaza with benches and restrooms; a memorial walkway that will serve as a timeline of the Sept. 11 events at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93; a concrete memorial to Flight 93; and what the committee is calling "Ground Zero Artifact Plaza," which is where the steel column from the fallen World Trade Center will be on display.The group declined to reveal specific fundraising goals, though the project won't involve city dollars.But Rob Anderson Jr., the architect for the memorial and the son of Ward 3 Alderman Rob Anderson, said of the fundraising goals: "They are achievable. We have a strong group of people dedicated to making that happen."The committee will give two presentations of the plan: One at noon and one at 5:30 p.m., both on March 6 at the Lindenwood University Welcome Center at 2600 W. Main St. in Belleville.The committee requests that those planning to attend RSVP with Cathleen Lindauer at 233-2015.For more information or to donate, visit www.wtcmemorial.us or send donations to: Sept. 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois, P.O. Box 7913, Belleville, IL 62222.
Source: Belleville News Democrat