An eight-foot structural beam from the World Trade Center was
placed in a Gilbert memorial Monday, marking the beginning of local
tributes in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001
The 1,500-pound beam, once part of the North Tower, was honored
by a color guard before it was secured by members of the community,
including Mayor John Lewis. The memorial is nearly complete and
will be unveiled in a ceremony on Sept. 11.
Prior to being placed, the beam travelled through the town so
residents could have the chance to see and touch it. The memorial
is designed so that even children will be able to reach out and
touch the piece of history.
In the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked by
terrorists. Two planes struck each tower of the World Trade Center
in New York City, soon leading to the towers’ collapse. Another hit
the side of the Pentagon and the last crashed in a Pennsylvania
field after passengers overtook the hijackers. There were nearly
3,000 deaths overall.
Gilbert is seeking videos of no more than 10 to 15 seconds of
how you or your family plans to pay tribute. The videos will be
used to create a special production to be launched on Gilbert’s Day
of Remembrance, Sept. 9, on Channel 11 in Gilbert recreation
centers and streaming at www.gilbertaz.gov online. Post your video
on YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact
Gilbert with questions or for other ways to submit, at (480)
503-6766. The deadline to turn in videos is Sept. 5.