Rutherford County 9-11 Memorial Dedicated Tuesday

Sep 5, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  After a lot of hard work, and a lot of help from the community, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department will dedicate its 9-11 memorial monument this coming Tuesday, September 11.

The centerpiece of the memorial is a 3,000-pound I-beam taken from the ruins of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. Deputy Sheriff Greg Dotson says each component of the monument holds special significance.

“Each of the corners of the beam will have an urn and a flower that represents each of the four flights that crashed on that day. And then around those urns they’ll be four flag poles, which will have the Tennessee flag, the United States flag, a military flag, as well as a 9-11 flag.”

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold will preside at the event. He’ll be joined by Tennessee Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey and a number of state and local officials.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office’s Honor Guard will fire a 21-gun salute toward New York City and the Murfreesboro Fire Department will conduct a salute with a bell.

There will also be a number of family friendly activities beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Commemorative bricks are still on sale for anyone wanting to add their name to the memorial. Contact the Sheriff's Office for more information.