Today I made the beautiful drive to Muhlenberg County to Remember. Unveil. Honor. It was an amazing 9/11 Memorial that had me in tears, made me proud of the community and saw history in the making.

The 9/11 Memorial was unveiled today which marks the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies. It's located on the southwest lawn of the Muhlenberg County Judicial Center and soars to eighteen feet in height at its tallest point.  The Memorial features a 17-foot long box beam that fell from the North Tower (based on markings it's possible that it came from the 91st floor) of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks in New York City. Elements of the structure include a commissioned hand-carved bronze sculpture of an angered American eagle clutching a draping American flag. Two granite towers (one tall tower and one collapsing tower with a debris cloud) depict the Twin Towers. Various elements of the sculpture are dedicated to victims, heroes and citizens who were directly impacted by the event.  Other elements of the Memorial are dedicated to Muhlenberg’s own local first responders who daily serve and protect the community. It truly is a beautiful work of art sculpted by nationally recognized sculptor Gary Casteel who I had the honor to meet and talk to about the making of the memorial below. Also, see photos of the 9/11 Memorial and of the event!

 

New York Firefighters made their way to the unveiling.

Hundreds in the crowd enjoyed the beautiful day and the event.

WBKR friend Michelle Vincent provided this stunning photo of the Memorial lit up at night. Also, of the actual beam making it's way from New York to Greenville!