Portion of WTC wall to go on display in Utah
A portion of the World Trade Center wall will go on display in Salt Lake City on Friday before leaving for a 17-day statewide tour.
The wall, which was among the rubble after the Sept. 11, 2011, terror attacks, will go on permanent display at the Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City after the tour.
It will be featured in Utah's Fallen Warrior Memorial at Fort Douglas Memorial Park, which is under construction with the help of corporate donors.
The 5-by-5 feet chunk of wall, made of concrete, aggregate rock and steel rebar, weighs an estimated 4.5 tons.
Organizers said the military museum, located on the University of Utah campus, is one of only two sites in the country currently designated to receive a portion of the WTC wall for a Fallen Warrior memorial.
Raette Bloomfield Belcher, executive director of Utah's Fallen Warrior Memorial, said she's gratified by the support the project has received from corporate donors. All materials and labor have been donated.
"When I set out on this journey I was surprised at what I had taken for granted, realizing now how many people with their talents and resources it takes for such a project," she said in a statement. "Beautiful monuments, cities, parks, buildings and campuses don't just happen. They are the collective endeavor of many who contribute whatever they have to offer."
The wall will go on display Friday outside the Fort Douglas Military Museum, Saturday in Provo; Sept. 23 in Logan; Sept. 24 in St. George; Sept. 25 in Cedar City; Sept. 26 in Richfield; Sept. 27 in Mount Pleasant; Sept. 28 in Park City; Sept. 29 in Camp Williams; Sept. 30 in Lehi; Oct. 1 in Blanding; Oct. 2 in Moab; Oct. 3 in Price; Oct. 4 in Vernal; Oct. 5 in West Valley City; Oct. 6 in Sandy; Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City; and Oct. 8 in Tooele.
The portion of wall that Utah is receiving has been named the "UT6" stone after six Utah Gold Star mothers who were major promoters of the project, according to the military museum's website.
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