Ground Zero beams highlight Bremerton 9/11 memorial

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

As the country pauses to reflect on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the community of Bremerton will be introduced to a new memorial.

The September 11th memorial at Evergreen-Rotary Park will be dedicated at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The centerpiece includes two twisted steel beams found at ground zero that have been treated so the public can touch them. Also included in the memorial is a hunk of limestone from the damaged Pentagon and sand found at the crash site in Shanksville, Pa.

The idea came in 2009 from firefighters with Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue. The beams were ha

Local fire commissioner Dave Fergus decided he’s lead the design of the memorial.

“How can you turn away from something like this,” he says. “3,000 plus people died. We had to do something.”

Every piece of the memorial symbolizes something unique about the days the planes were hijacked. The diameter of the center circle is the same as a 767 that crashed in to the buildings, 30 trees are planted uniformly on site to honor the 3000 people who died and a written timeline of that day is transcribed on tiles beneath the steel.

Commanding officers from Naval Base Kitsap and the USS John C. Stennis and others will speak before a memorial plaque is formally unveiled. Bremerton police’s honor guard will perform, taps will be played and many local firefighters will be on hand.

But Fergus says, the final touch will be at the dedication, when the American flag is hoisted high above for the first time.

“That will bring tears to my eyes,” he says.

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