City of Miramar reveals plans for 9/11 memorial with steel beams at World Trade Center
MIRAMAR, Florida – It was a moving scene in Miramar on Saturday as city officials and first responders unveiled plans for a new memorial dedicated to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The group gathered at Miramar Regional Park for the official opening of the city’s new 9/11 memorial site.
The event took place to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
When completed, the memorial will feature two steel beams, both of which were removed from the rubble at Ground Zero after the Twin Towers collapsed.
The event also featured two survivors who were at zero when the attacks occurred, including an NYPD police captain and a young woman who worked on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center and who lost two friends when the towers collapsed.
“As I approached the Verrazano Bridge, I saw smoke coming from the direction of the towers,” said NYPD captain Mike Yepez. “Shortly after passing the toll, I looked to my left and saw a plane circling the towers, diving and crashing into the North Tower. At that point, my stomach sagged when I realized it wasn’t an accident.
9/11 survivor Yadira Santana-Dowling added: “People have said to me, ‘You must have survived for a reason. And at 23, it’s heavy. You don’t know this reason. So what I did was try to live a life to the best of my ability, it’s worth having a second chance. “
The event ended with a special military flyby featuring two F-16s from the 482nd Air Wing Air Reserve at Homestead.
Officials hope these steel beams, which were donated to the city of Miramar by the New York Port Authority, will help keep the memory of September 11 alive and teach younger generations about the horrors of that day, for them. decades to come.
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