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9/11 memorial to be dedicated Tuesday

The Pagosa Springs Fire Protection District will officially dedicate a 9/11 memorial on Sept. 11 at 7:30 a.m., exactly 11 years after the tragic terrorist attack took place in New York City.

As previously reported in The SUN, last year the fire district accepted an offer that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey made to many public and government entities. The Port Authority offered to give an entity a piece of steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center on condition that a public memorial be built.

Atop a base made of river rock, two upright steel beams scaled to the dimensions of the twin towers stand outside the fire station at 191 North Pagosa Blvd., just north of the intersection with U.S. 160.

Cut vertically down the beams are the words, “We Will” and “Never Forget.” In the middle of the beams, a steel-cut American flag proudly waves in the iron alloy’s permanence. In front of the flag lies the piece of beam from the World Trade Center. Both the steel beams and steel American flag have been designed and constructed by local artist David Burch, from Hydro-Cut, Inc.

On Tuesday, an eternal gas flame will be lit for the first time in honor and remembrance of those who gave their lives on 9/11 as well as those who survived. Also, for the first time, flags will be raised at the memorial site.

Pagosans are invited to attend, and remember. A color guard will be at the ceremony for the lighting of the flame and the raising of the flags.

Fire Chief Diane Bower recognizes and thanks all the people who donated time, money and materials to make this memorial a reality.

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