More than 3,000 victims of terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001 were remembered when a monument in their memory was dedicated Sept. 11, 2012 at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
A memorial brick dedicated by the Murfreesboro Local Firefighter’s Union.
“I don’t know of another landmark in the state of Tennessee that is so suited for the community in remembering the tragedy of 9-11,” Dotson said.
The centerpiece of the monument is a 3,000-pound I beam donated from Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. Surrounding the I beam are urns to represent the victims aboard planes that crashed into the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pa. Memorial bricks purchased by citizens have been placed around the memorial.
Sheriff Robert Arnold, Tennessee Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey, U.S., Tennessee and city and county dignitaries helped dedicate the memorial at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office’s Honor Guard fired a 21-gun salute toward New York City and the Murfreesboro Fire Department conducted a salute with a bell.
Contributions of materials and cash along with the sale of memorial bricks and challenge coins allowed the memorial to be built without taxpayers’ funds. People may buy bricks and coins at the event to help fund the flagpoles and concrete.
Adjacent to the memorial is the Fallen Officers Memorial Garden designed and implemented by Boy Scout Austin Janke as his Eagle Scout project. Some inmates helped with the labor.
“He went above and beyond what an 18-year-old high school student could have done,” Dotson said.