A host of Congressional police and fire personnel joined military and emergency first responders from the Columbia area this morning to announce plans for a perpetual First Responders Memorial at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
The $175,000 memorial, which will feature two twisted steel beams from the New York City World Trade Center Tower One that was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism strike, will be ready in four months for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Also to be erected on either side of the steel beams, which will form kind of an X, or a cross, are two large monoliths of stone whose shapes were inspired by the design of the new Freedom Tower at the site of the former World Trade Center.
The memorial will also feature polished black granite panels, on which will be carved the names of Midlands firefighters, law enforcement, EMS and military who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Much of the money to build the memorial will come from donations.