Funds Raised To Build 9/11 Memorial In Hutchinson

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It is a day that still captures the attention of Americans; the day terrorists flew two commercial airplanes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City.

After that horrific day, steel pieces from the towers were donated to cities around the country as reminders.

The city of Hutchinson is now hoping to build a memorial, using its piece of steel, placing it between a scale version of the World Trade Center.

"To me, it's more than a piece of steel, it's a piece of history, so, I don't want it tucked in the corner of a fire station somewhere where only a handful of people get to see it," said Wes Stewart, Hutchinson Fire Department.

Before it is built, the funds have to be raised to construct the memorial.

The community did its part Tuesday, at a tasty fundraiser at a local yogurt shop, where 10% of the proceeds went toward the memorial.

"It means a lot to me as a fireman, because those were my brothers and sisters that passed away," said Travis Kerschner, Hutchinson Fire Department.

Soon, another community in Kansas will have a permanent memorial and reminder of those who gave and lost their lives on that September day.

"That day will always be in everybody's mind, as a day to remember and what happened that day," said Kerschner.

A ceremony will be held at noon Sunday at the State Fair in Hutchinson, in honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11.

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