The tarp has been removed from a 500 pound steel beam taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center as the 911 Resiliency Plaza was unveiled in Benton Harbor on Friday. First responders, community leaders, and well wishers gathered across from City Hall to see the memorial formally opened to the public. Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower spoke of 9/11, where he was when he learned of the attacks, and of the response Americans across the country gave to the terrorists who carried it out.
Clay McClausland, with the Red Cross, thanked all of those first responders who helped after 9/11, and continue to protect their communities.
State Senator John Proos says that the monument will remain there as a testament to those who serve their community and their country.
Benton Harbor was chosen for Resiliency Plaza because organizers say the city is a perfect example of that spirit of resilience. An effort is still underway to raise money for the installation’s long term maintenance.
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