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The FWPD Pipe & Drum Brigade will participate in the opening ceremonies of the National 9-11 Memorial at 10:00 am Saturday, October 6, 2007.

Freimann Square

Saturday, October 6, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
10am-6pm(both days)

Sept. 11 memorial to go on U.S. tour

Fort Wayne one of 15 cities on itinerary

Associated Press

NEW YORK – The Sept. 11 memorial is taking a new name, survivors’ stories and artifacts from its planned museum on a national tour that begins in South Carolina on the eve of the terrorist attacks’ sixth anniversary.

The 15-city tour throughout the South and Midwest includes a stop in Fort Wayne and is modeled after the 1980s campaign that raised money to renovate the Statue of Liberty by establishing it as a national icon.

"We are building a national symbol here that people are going to look at and hopefully associate as being American," said Joseph Daniels, president of the memorial’s foundation.

Previously known as the World Trade Center Memorial, the memorial’s official name is now the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. The memorial debuted a new logo and Internet address Tuesday.

Daniels said "World Trade Center" was dropped from the beginning of the memorial’s name to better reflect the scope of the attacks that also hit the Pentagon and brought down a jetliner in Shanksville, Pa. The city lists 2,750 people killed in the New York attacks, including a woman who died months later of lung disease; 224 died at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

"This memorial is every bit of a part of someone’s life who is from Columbia (S.C.) as it is someone who lives two blocks from ground zero," Daniels said. "This brings to mind that this not just a New York event."

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the government agency that owned the trade center and stores more than 1,000 pieces of tower steel and other artifacts at an airport hangar, had no comment on the name change. Paula Grant Berry, a foundation board member whose husband was killed at the trade center Sept. 11, said the name is more appropriate for a national memorial to the attacks.

The national tour begins Sept. 10 in Columbia, S.C., home to the company fabricating thousands of tons of steel for the memorial. Two 37-foot-long, 4-ton beams that will be installed at the memorial will travel with foundation leaders, Sept. 11 survivors, and exhibits including a firefighter’s helmet, and the watch and building IDs of a man who escaped from the north tower.

Other stops planned include Cincinnati, Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wis.; and Pittsburgh.

Tour organizers said this year they planned stops in Boston, San Francisco and Denver.

More than $300 million has been raised privately and more than $400 million is committed by the government to build the 8-acre memorial, which will set two waterfall-filled pools just above the twin towers’ footprints, surrounded by a glade of oak and sweetgum trees. Visitors will descend underground to a Sept. 11 museum and to view the waterfalls from below.





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