Memorial Service

The September 11, 2001 memorial

As is widely known, on September 11, 2001 terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed them into key ground targets in the eastern United States.  One of those targets was the World Trade Center in New York, which was totally destroyed in the attack.  An unusual memento of that dark day has found its way to Lansing.  A twisted piece of a beam from the wreckage was recovered afterward and was brought to Lansing to be on permanent display in the downtown area, not just as a memorial for public ceremonies every September 11, but throughout the year.  One may walk around this monument, which at first might be mistaken for a piece of modern abstract sculpture.  On three sides of the pedestal are the names of New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the three states impacted that day.  In its somber way, it obviously continues to remind us of the loss and also to exercise due diligence as a nation against a future similar tragedy.