September 11, 2020

Indiana 9/11 Memorial Announces Expansion

The Indiana 9/11 Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.  - Jill Sheridan WFYI

The Indiana 9/11 Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.

Jill Sheridan WFYI

Numerous events to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001  were held in Indiana on the annivesary of the attacks. 

During a ceremony Friday at the Indiana 9/11 Memorial in downtown Indianapolis, plans were announced to expand the memorial that currently includes two steel beams from Ground Zero in New York City.

An 800 pound piece of Indiana limestone from the Pentagon crash will be erected on the site. Retired general and Indiana War Memorial Executive Director, Stewart Goodwin said they’ve been in possession of the limestone for a few years.
                                    
"And one day I looked at it," Goodwin said, "and I looked at it a different way and I noticed that it looked like the outline of the State of Indiana."

A survivor tree will also be planted near the memorial.

The memorial, originally started independently, is now under management by the Indiana War Memorial commission. Goodwin said in 2016 when they were approached to take over the site... it made sense.

"And at that time things had changed because at that time over 5,000 of our military brothers and sisters had paid the ultimate price to terrorism," Goodwin said.

The American Legion donated $50,000 to start a campaign to raise nearly a half a million dollars for the expansion.

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