9/11 Memorial at Waterfront Park honors one of nation's darkest moments

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by Christine Wright

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 12:40 PM

(WHAS11)  This Memorial Day people are taking time to remember our country’s veterans, and also one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history.  Saturday, a motorcade escorted two beams from the World Trade Center to Louisville for part of the Flags for Vets Memorial Day Vigil.

WHAS11’s Brooke Katz was there when the beams arrived and explains why some say it was an experience that left them speechless.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders revved onto the Great Lawn, bringing with them a part of American history.  There were two beams… salvaged from the World Trade Center after the 911 attacks.

Bishop Dan Johnson was in New York for a Prayer for Peace, when the twin towers were hit; he ended up being a Chaplin at Ground Zero.  “I see the remains of our citizens, firefighters, policeman; they gave it all. These beams represent the people that gave it all.”

Although the beams are being taken back to Indianapolis Saturday, the impact they’ve left on those who came to see them and touch them will last forever.

For Johnson, the beams and all the flags now standing on the Great Lawn for this Memorial weekend represent more than just sadness and loss, they also represent the resilience of the human spirit and of the United States.

The beams are part of Project 9/11 Indianapolis, which has been solely funded by private donations; no government money has been used.  The memorial will be located on West Ohio Street along the White River Canal.

The memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011; the ten year anniversary of the attacks.
 

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