A unique memorial in Columbia will pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Family members of South Carolina’s first responders held an official groundbreaking for the site at 8:46 a.m. Tuesday– the time the first airplane hit Tower One of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.
The First Responders Remembrance Memorial will contain two steel beams from the World Trade Center towers that collapsed. The memorial is meant to remind South Carolinians of those killed in New York City, as well as of the first responders in the Midlands who have since died in the line of duty.
The finished memorial is scheduled to open on September 11, 2011. Organizers thanked the public for their donations, but said they were still about $175,000 short of their goal.