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New 9/11 Memorial Unveiled at AMC Museum


DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover is now home to a memorial to the terrible events that happened 12 years ago Wednesday. The Eagle Firefighters Association donated the memorial.

The firefighters say they believe this is now the largest 9/11 memorial in the state of Delaware - a tribute to everyone who lost their lives on that fateful morning.

The memorial is a project four years in the making.

"On September 11, 2009 we sent a request letter to the New York/New Jersey Port Authority requesting two pieces of steel to build a memorial here at Dover Air Force Base," said Dep. Chief Rod Coleman.

Coleman says though getting everything ready took four years, construction took less than a month. That may seem like a fast turn around, but Steve Miller, whose company was the general contractor, says it was a necessary one.

"September 12 doesn't really cut it," Miller said. "It's not really the same thing. September 11 was when it happened. We had to have the memorial done."

"We had to do the dedication on September 11," said Coleman. "That was the only appropriate time to do that."

The memorial has the two pieces of steel from the 81st floor of World Trade Center Tower One and a rock from near where Flight 93 went down in Pennsylvania.

The memorial is shaped like a pentagon. Originally that was going to be the major reference to what happened outside Washington DC, but a few days ago that changed.

"The final addition was the 250 lb block from the Pentagon. That only happened last week," Coleman said. "It actually showed up last Friday and was installed within an hour."

That means there are now objects from all three sites included in the memorial. They were each placed and oriented in a very specific way.

"Each of the objects actually points on compass heading toward New York City, Flight 93 and the Pentagon," Coleman said.

"You're standing at this central location," said Larry Pippin, whose company was a sub-contractor on the project. "You get a reality of where the Pentagon is located, where the crash was in Pennsylvania, certainly where the World Trade Center was."

The firefighters association says the memorial cost about $37,000 to build. It was going to be at the air force base firehouse. But the organization ended up going with the museum site to give the public better access.

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