Saturday, September 3, 2011

Manatee County memorial to 9/11 unveiled

Now it’s hallowed ground.

The entrance to Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue District took on solemn significance today with the unveiling of a memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Crafted from a 12-foot, two-ton I beam salvaged from ground zero at the World Trade Center, and more than a year in the works, the memorial has elements representing the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa.

The memorial is located at 2451 Trailmate Drive East.

The dedication launches a week of observances around the county on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

For more, see Sunday's Bradenton Herald and Lakewood Ranch Herald.

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