Project 9/11 Indianapolis
Coordinates: Project 9/11 Indianapolis was begun early in 2010 as a grass roots effort to establish a permanent Memorial dedicated to those killed in the September 11 attacks. Greg Hess, a firefighter paramedic with the Indianapolis Fire Department, was the primary lead of the initiative. In 2001, Hess was a member of Indiana Task Force 1 (INTF-1), one of the first FEMA Search and Rescue teams to arrive at Ground Zero. INTF-1 spent 8 days in New York assisting the local agencies in the rescue and recovery efforts.
Project 9/11 Indianapolis is located at 421 West Ohio Street, next to Indianapolis Fire Station 13 along the Indiana Central Canal. It is a part of a city landscape that includes the USS Indianapolis Memorial and the Medal of Honor Memorial. The focal point of the memorial consists of two 11,000-pound (5,000 kg) beams from the Twin Towers. Behind the beams stand a pair of six-foot tall black granite walls inscribed with remembrances of the events in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Perched atop one of the beams is a bronze, life-size sculpture of an American bald eagle, with wings outstretched and gazing east toward New York City.
In 2010, Hess petitioned the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to obtain the steel beams from Hangar 17 & 18 (an 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) hangar that houses all the artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center) at JFK Airport. In order to bring the beams from New York to Indianapolis, Hess contacted Sodrel Trucking to donate the use of a semi-truck and had it emblazoned with a custom vehicle wrap, created and donated by Dream Street Graphics. Over 11,000 bikers escorted the 9/11 semi-truck carrying the memorial beams to Indianapolis, a procession that was estimated at over 47 miles (76 km) in length.