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Indianapolis 9/11 Memorial Nears Completion; Needs Money

Eagle sculpture

Photo: Project 9/11 Indianapolis

A sculptor's rendering of pieces for Indianapolis' 9/11 memorial.

Builders have been working six days a week to complete the site along the downtown canal in time for a planned ceremony on Sunday. Firefighter Greg Hess, the man spearheading the project, said there is detail work left to be done.

“The majority of the granite is already down, and they were working on some smaller areas where they have to actually custom cut the granite to fit around certain pieces and things like that,” Hess said.

The main attraction will be the two beams from the twin towers in the middle of the memorial. Hess said the goal is not only to recognize the efforts of emergency responders but also the civilians who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks.

The memorial construction fund is still running about $75,000 short of its goal.

“I’d say we’re about 75 to 80 percent of where we need to be,” he said. “Fundraising is slow because the economy is tight , but we’ll take a nickel. We’ll take a dollar. We’ll take $10.”

The dedication ceremony at the memorial is open to the public. It is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Sunday at 421 West Ohio Street.

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