Project 9/11 Indianapolis

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Coordinates: 39°46′12″N 86°09′57″W / 39.7700°N 86.1659°W / 39.7700; -86.1659 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.[1]

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)[2] 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.[3]

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Memorials and services for the September 11 attacks


  1. ^ "9/11 Beams at Conseco,". Project 9/11 Beams at Conseco Fieldhouse. NBA. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Panoramic of Hangar 17,". Hangar 17. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "9/11 Memorial Ride,". Memorial Ride Details. Project 9/11 Indianapolis. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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