OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Thousands of miles from Ground Zero sits a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.
Instead of being on display at a public place, it’s in John Jackson’s backyard, 15 miles south in Tenino.
“It kind of makes me ashamed,” said Jackson, who helped design and raise the $80,000 for the construction of the memorial.
Jackson and other volunteers with the “Spirit of America Memorial” organization hoped to have the work placed at Olympia’s Heritage Park on the state Capitol campus, but their application was denied.
Jackson shared his rejection letter from the Department of Enterprise Services with KING 5 News.
“After careful review and consideration,” said the letter from agency Director Joyce Turner, “it is my opinion that the Spirit of America Memorial is not in keeping with the criteria set by the State.”
The letter, from October 2012, informed Jackson the memorial would not be allowed on campus because it commemorates an event of national significance.
State law requires campus works to emphasize events significant to the state’s heritage and culture.
Jackson has started looking at locations outside of the state of Washington for the memorial. He says there has been some interest from the George W. Bush Library in Texas.
But Jackson hopes someone in Olympia will reconsider. He may reapply, now that a new governor’s been sworn in.
“Here’s an opportunity for the state to see how they can work with the community,” said Jackson, “to accomplish things they don’t have the money to do.”