After 3 years of planning, fundraising, and hard work, this little desert community made their dream come true a beautiful, awe inspiring, 9/11 Memorial that sits alongside of Hwy. 60 for all to see and reflect. The McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce, McMullen Valley Fire Department, and the Salome Lions Club pulled together their members and towns people of Wenden, Salome and surrounding area, to raise funds, seek donation, and volunteer their time and expertise.
The design of the monument was a community effort, starting with the double-sided metal waving flag an icon of hope and freedom. Then the brass circle holding it true symbolizing the circle of life. Much thought, time, and research went into the stature of the monument, knowing as a group that the image of the firefighters raising the flag at ground zero was to be an intricate part of the design. There was an importance to build this monument strong and true to stand the test of time against the elements.
The 9/11 Memorial was placed in honor of this great nation and the victims of September 11, 2001 and dedicated by the citizens of McMullen Valley, Arizona on September 11, 2004.
With inspiration and guidance from Barbara Lang of New York City, an effort to obtain a piece of World Trade Center steel began in August, 2010 and came to reality September, 2011 when the steel was received. The steel was placed on a concrete pedestal representing the Twin Towers at the 9/11 Memorial in March, 2012 by members of the McMullen Valley Fire District. It bears the scars of the tragedy of 9/11/01 and stands in remembrance, allowing the public access to this piece of history. A Special Thanks to Barbara Lang, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the people of New York City for this piece of history so that hopefully no one will ever forget this horrible tragedy.
A formal dedication is planned for September 11, 2012.
click here for the original 911 Memorial dedication and work party photos
|McMullen Valley Fire Department building the twin tower replica as a base to place a piece of steel that came from the original NYC Twin Towers, World Trade Center.|
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