Photo: Project 9/11 Indianapolis
Two giant steel beams hauled to Indiana from Ground Zero now stand next to Fire Station 13 just off the canal in downtown Indianapolis as the centerpiece of the city’s 9/11 memorial. The memorial was dedicated Sunday afternoon, just as the sun broke through the clouds in the wake of a light rainfall.
The crowd that filled Ohio Street broke into a cheer as the veil was lifted from a bronze bald eagle atop the taller of the two beams, looking back towards New York City. A flyover by an army helicopter punctuated the moment.
“The crew members of United [Airlines], American [Airlines] and other first responders who lost their lives that day forever touched our hearts,” said Mindy Boyett of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, who was one of several speakers honoring the fallen.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard also spoke, telling the crowd “Tragedies do occur. The real test is what you do afterwards.”
Donations are still being taken to build a trust fund that will be used for maintenance of the memorial. They can be made online.