An 800 pound steel beam from the wreckage of New York City’s World Trade Center provided the impetus for the city of Madeira Beach to build a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, and a pair of USF graduate students provided the design. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to the planned site of the memorial and introduces you to the two young men whose eye-catching plan hopes to inform visitors about this tragic day, while inspiring them at the same time.
With the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks just over a month away, the city of Madeira Beach is preparing to build a memorial to the victims of that tragic day. A pair of USF students have designed that memorial, which will feature a 800-pound piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center wreckage. This week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM talks to the two students about their plans and what they hope people will get from visiting their creation.
Greg Osburn, a graduate student in USF School of Architecture & Community Design, talks about the planned Madeira Beach 9-11 Memorial he designed and describes some of the features of it.
Bill Mallory, Madeira Beach's Fire Chief & interim City Manager, shows us the centerpiece of the planned Madeira Beach 9-11 Memorial: an 800 pound steal I-beam taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York.
Eli Pano, a graduate student in USF School of Architecture & Community Design, and co-creator of the Madeira Beach 9-11 Memorial, says it will hopefully both inform and inspire visitors, whether they were alive at the time of the attacks or not.
The city of Madeira Beach is accepting monetary donations, as well as gift cards from Home Depot, to help build the 9-11 Memorial. You can find out more information by clicking here.
You can also help by buying 9-11 Memorial t-shirts at the Memorial's Facebook page.
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