Ground Zero Steel Resurrected in Wisconsin
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Greenville-- Greenville residents now have a physical reminder of the attacks that happened almost 11-years-ago and one-thousand miles away. Designed by a Greenville resident, the memorial honors the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, Flight 93 as well as rescue workers. It' s a symbol for what people have always felt, but perhaps have never seen.
The lasting image of twisted steel, resurrected in Greenville. "These beams are now in our town. They are from that site. They are from that tragedy and that makes it all more real to us," said memorial designer Jim Beard. A few months ago, Beard, a Fox Valley Tech professor sketched a "humble" design. "It should be about the moment, not about the structure and the architecture," Beard said of his design.
The moments of 9/11 inspired Josh Lambie to become a Greenville firefighter in 2002. "After the attacks it was just something I wanted to do," Lambie recalls. He was one of four who traveled to New York to accept two 12-foot beams from Port Authority. The beams are salvaged from "Ground Zero."
The pain of 9/11 is now a physical part of Greenville, for its people, it's a reminding image of the pain they've felt this entire time.
The ceremony also welcomed Lt. Joe Torillo, a New York City firefighter that was pulled from "Ground Zero" after the towers collapsed. Torillo spoke about honoring all rescue workers as well our country's service men and women.