On September 11, 2011, a special ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001 on New York City and Washington DC took place in Gilbert, AZ. An actual piece of the World Trade Center was incorporated into a permanent memorial and unveiled at that ceremony.
The 8-foot steel girder beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center was driven to Gilbert and through the town. The beam is displayed encouraging everyone to touch it. The names of the people who lost their lives in the attack are etched into granite walls around the memorial.
You can visit the memorial on September 11th or every other day of the year at the Gilbert Town Hall Municipal Building, 50 E. Civic Center Drive at the southeast corner of Gilbert and Warner Roads.
9-11 Memorial in Chandler, AZ
On September 11, 2012 a special ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001 on New York City and Washington DC took place in Chandler, AZ. An actual piece of the World Trade Center was incorporated into a permanent memorial and unveiled at that ceremony.
The 417-pound section of a steel beam from is almost 5 feet long, 2 feet high and 9 inches wide. It was obtained from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The design of the memorial is intended to incorporate elements that represent the attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed.
You can visit the memorial on September 11th or every other day of the year at the Chandler Fire Department Headquarters. It is located on Boston Street, just east of Arizona Avenue in Downtown Chandler. Parking is free.
Arizona's 9-11 Memorial
In a park near the Arizona State Capitol a symbolic memorial was erected where Arizonans can remember the events of a tragic day in America's history, as well as the part that Arizona citizens played in that event and in the days that followed.
Located in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, the memorial is circular. Steel beams overhead allow sunlight to pass through revealing comments and excerpts related to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the U.S. The 9/11 memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2006 and supported by Arizona's governor at that time, Janet Napolitano.
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is located at 17th Avenue and Washington Street in Phoenix. Here is a map with directions.
The memorial inscriptions were collected from hundreds comments expressed by Arizonans at the time. The designers of "Moving Memories" intended it to be "a place for thought-provoking dialogue." While some people thought that the memorial should simply list all the names of the people who perished at the hands of the terrorists on September 11, 2001, this memorial does not. Some of the comments were interpreted as blaming America for the attack. Some inscriptions were argued to be unrelated to the 9/11 events. The designers defended their work, saying that it was simply a timeline of Arizona citizens' emotions and beliefs before and after the event. A Republican Representative from Fountain Hills, introduced a bill to remove several of the phrases which he and others believed to be offensive. The Legislature approved House Bill 2230 in 2011, but then Governor Jan Brewer vetoed it.