12 years after the September 11th attacks, the Dover Air Force Base is remembering those who lost their lives with a new memorial.
First responders, servicemen and state officials officially dedicated the 9/11 memorial Wednesday at Dover’s Air Mobility Command Museum.
The pentagon shaped design features relics from the 9-11 attacks including two steel beams from Tower One of World Trade Center , a rock from the Flight 93’s crash site, and a stone from the Pentagon. The two steel beams make an arrow shape pointing towards New York.
President of the Eagle Firefighters Association Captain Aaron Weisenberger says that the cornerstone from the Pentagon was an unexpected last minute addition.
“Three days ago we only had a piece of memorabilia from the shanksville site, we had the world trade center steel so we were only going to represent the pentagon in the shape of the memorial,” said Weisenberger. An individual from the pentagon brought over a stone, we didn’t even request it. Having a piece from all 3 sites pays proper respect to all those people that passed away at those specific sites.”
The Eagle Firefighters Association is a non-profit organization that focuses on the welfare of Dover Air Force Base’s firefighters
It donated the over $37,000 dollars needed to create the memorial. Planning and design has been on going for the past 3 years. The monument was originally to be located at the Air Force Base Fire Station but the museum seemed more appropriate.
“Air Mobility Command already has a lot of monuments and history out here, it just seemed like the ideal place,” said Weisenberger. “The public can come out here, see the history of the military and also now have a part of September 11th here.”
Construction of the monument started one month before September 11th. Weisenberger admitted that he was skeptical that it could be completed in time for the anniversary.
“Steve Miller from PDX Services stepped up and when we broke ground said that this memorial will be done,” said Weisenberger. “Here it is a month later. It’s amazing that it was able to be done.”
Admission to the Air Mobility Command Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.