Memorial honoring Utahns killed in 9-11 attacks to be dedicated
A dozen years after the Sept. 11 attacks, a new memorial will be dedicated Wednesday in Kaysville to three people with Utah ties who were killed that day.
The project, centered on a bronze statue of a firefighter holding a little girl, also will honor 129 military service members from Utah who have died since that day in 2001. Plaques with their names, along with art and literature created by children and young people, are part of the memorial, at the Utah State University Botanical Center.
Sculptor Angela Johnson said her creation celebrates the willingness of people to put their lives at risk to save others.
"The purpose of this memorial is to not only remember the tragedy of 9/11, but to remember that each of us, every day, has the responsibility of respecting life and doing what we can by interacting with our fellow man in ways that lift and not destroy," Johnson said.
The effort to raise approximately $200,000 for the memorial began about a year after the attacks. Mary Alice Wahlstrom, a 78-year-old Kaysville resident, and her daughter, Carolyn Anne Beug, 48, a former Utahn who was living in Los Angeles, were passengers on American Airlines Flight 11 when it slammed into the World Trade Center. Brady Howell, 26, a Utah State graduate, died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed at the Pentagon, where he was working.
Youth of Promise, a volunteer group in Davis County, held fundraising events and collected donations to pay for the memorial. More than 100 youths ages 14 to 18 assisted in the effort throughout the years, according to Margaret Wahlstrom, the daughter-in-law of Mary Alice Wahlstrom and sister-in-law of Beug.
The fundraising for landscaping, lighting and other costs is continuing. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Youth of Promise, 1173 E. 200 North, Kaysville, UT 84037. Donors who give $2,500 or more will receive a bronze miniature of the statue.
"It's phenomenal," Wahlstrom said. "It's a moving memorial."
Wednesday's ceremony will begin at 6:30 a.m., when Patriot Guard Riders will ride their motorcycles from Kaysville Junior High, 100 E. 350 South, to the USU Botantical Center, 920 S. 50 West. Scheduled speakers at the event are Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and retired Utah National Guard Adj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.
Other particpants will include members of the Wahlstrom, Beug and Howell families; sculptor Johnson; Darrell Schmidt, a Sandy firefighter who was the model for the memorial statue; veterans and current members of the military; and Youth of Promise members.
Organizers hope that families of the military members being honored will come, and also are inviting students who attended Syracuse Elementary School in April 2003 to be special guests. The children donated 44,097 pennies to help build the memorial.
Also on Wednesday, a ceremony honoring those killed in the attacks will begin at 7 p.m. in front of Sandy City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway. The event will include a patriotic musical number by the Ogden High School honor choir and a "roll call" honoring recently killed police officers, firefighters and military members.
A Healing Field flag display on the grass promenade next to Sandy City Hall is slated to remain up until 5 p.m. Thursday.
Wednesday events honoring those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and in fighting terrorism include:
• A 9-11 memorial dedication at a 6:30 a.m. ceremony at Utah State University Botanical Center, 920 S. 50 West, Kaysville.
• A ceremony featuring speakers affected by the events, as well as military, police and firefighter representatives, at 7 p.m. in front of Sandy City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway. A Healing Field of flags will be on display next to City Hall until 5 p.m. Thursday.