NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Pieces from the fallen World Trade Center Towers are in North Kansas City. Two artifacts from the towers have become a monument to memorialize that deadliest attack on US soil.
The two rusty steel rods serve as a reminder to never forget. Those bar joists were recovered from the World Trade Center site after the September 11th attacks.
“What we’re trying to do is make sure that we don’t ever forget that, and the generations that follow us don’t forget,” said Gary Fisher.
Fisher is helping to create and dedicate a monument that incorporates the two rods. Nearly 350 firefighters died that day along with many first responders and civilians, totaling almost 3,000 in all. As fire chief of North Kansas City, this project hits close to home.
“We will risk a lot to save a lot, we won’t risk a lot to save something that’s already lost,” he said.
The monument is made of granite. There’s a vertical line down the middle that represents the twin towers; the rods are the flames. It’s also engraved:
In remembrance of those who perished
Dedicated September 11, 2016
World Trade Center Artifact
“We are really the greatest country on Earth and there are a lot of people out there that would like to see us fail. It was a restatement to protect what we have,” Fisher said.
The bar joists were once a part of the flooring support within the Twin Towers. Now it will stand tall at City Hall in North Kansas City.
The dedication ceremony will be on Sunday, September 11th inside City Hall in North Kansas City at 2 p.m.