August 19, 2021

Indiana 9/11 Memorial To Be Expanded

Workers at the 9/11 memorial in Indianapolis on Aug. 18, 2021. - Adam Pinsker/WFIU-WTIU

Workers at the 9/11 memorial in Indianapolis on Aug. 18, 2021.

Adam Pinsker/WFIU-WTIU

There will be a new addition to the 9/11 Memorial in Indianapolis in time for the 20th commemoration of the terrorist attacks that claimed thousands of lives on September 11, 2001.

Six years ago, the Indiana War Memorial received an 800-pound chunk of limestone that came from the section of the Pentagon impacted by the passenger jet terrorists crashed into the building.

The limestone will be unveiled during the ceremony next month.  Most of the Pentagon was constructed with Indiana limestone.

“The chunk that they gave us looks like the state of Indiana, the outline of the state of Indiana.  We're going to actually mount it that way on this new part of the projection on the footprint,” said Director of the Indiana War Memorial, retired USAF Brigadier Gen. Stewart Goodwin.

The 9/11 Memorial, located on West Ohio Street, already includes two steel beams from the World Trade Center that were donated 10 years ago.

The limestone piece will honor the more than 7,000 U.S. Service men and women who have died fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other War on Terror related missions.

“Those men and women who served in the armed forces during that timeframe were doing what they were told to do and what they were asked to do, so their service was honorable,” said Goodwin.

Donations to the Indiana War Memorial is helping with the construction costs of expanding the 9/11 Memorial.

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