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Twin Towers beam will be unveiled at new memorial in Belleville

World Trade Center girder placed at new 9/11 memorial

The rusted steel girder from the World Trade Center on Thursday was placed in its new home, a memorial walkway on the south edge of Belleville. The work is coming just in time for the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and a ceremony at 2
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The rusted steel girder from the World Trade Center on Thursday was placed in its new home, a memorial walkway on the south edge of Belleville. The work is coming just in time for the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and a ceremony at 2

A Twin Towers beam, long housed on a bunting-draped flatbed at Belleville’s Fire Department’s Engine House No. 4, is now at its new home.

A dedication ceremony for the first phase of the memorial, which includes the girder, will be part of the Moment of Remembrance Ceremony Sunday, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Cathleen Lindauer, of the Sept. 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois, was watching the beam get set in place on Thursday morning.

“The beam will be covered with a beautiful American flag, and the timeline covered as well,” Lindauer said, until after the formal ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Belleville Fire Administration Office and Engine House No. 4, at 1125 S. Illinois St., Belleville.

Col. Laura Lenderman will be the featured speaker at this year’s remembrance ceremony. Lindauer said other speakers include an emergency medical technician who was in New York on Sept. 11, who will lead the pledge of allegiance.

The beam’s unveiling ends the first phase of the memorial, Lindauer said, which the committee raised about $130,000. She said that does not include in-kind donations.

Workers lifted the twisted girder salvaged from Ground Zero in New York City as they prepped it for placement at a new memorial to the terror attacks being completed in Belleville. The memorial walkway is at the intersection of Illinois 159 and Il

The city acquired the beam in July 2011, and the committee has been raising money since to properly house it within a memorial. Lindauer said the second phase will include memorial bricks, landscaping and lighting.

“It will be a beautiful ceremony in memory of those who lost their lives,” Lindauer said.

This year’s ceremony will have a different feel because of the formal memorial, she said.

“It will actually be a memorial here that we’ll be able to honor the victims,” Lindauer said. “They will have a place to actually come and honor them. ... It will actually tell the story itself.

Additional parking will be available at the Elks Lodge at 1481 S. Illinois St with a complimentary shuttle service to and from the lodge.

Want to go?

  • What: Moment of Remembrance Ceremony and Dedication of the Sept. 1 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois
  • When: 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Fire Administration Building, 1125 S. Illinois St., Belleville

Want to go?

  • What: Edwardsville Memorial
  • When: Noon Sunday
  • Where: Sunset Hills Cemetery, 2900 Illinois 157, Edwardsville
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