STATELINE (WIFR) – It’s a day Americans will never forget. This morning, hundreds of people from across the country gathered near Ground Zero in New York City to commemorate the lives lost on September 11th, 2001.
Bells rang, marking the moments when the planes hit the towers and when the towers fell. It took more than four hours to get through all of the nearly 3,000 names of those who were killed. Similar ceremonies were held at the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania where two more planes went down.
Locally, organizations across our community are trying to raise money to bring our very own Winnebago County 9/11 Memorial to life.
The tribute will be on the corner of West State and Kilburn. So far, the memorial board has raised $200,000. Members say they want to bring in more than $900,000 to cover construction and upkeep costs. However, we’re told as long as they have a majority of these donations, they’ll start building next year.
Board President Will Pederson says he’s excited to bring a local memorial to the community.
“We all turn our television sets on and we watch the memorials, we see them happening in other areas of the country, we’re going to actually be able to do it here, on any given day or on September 11th, moving forward once this project is done,” said Pederson.
The goal is to complete the memorial by 2016 and to help with that, there’s a special fundraiser happening right now at Granite City near CherryVale Mall until 10:00 tonight. 10% of tonight’s sales will be donated.
Employees with Home Depot are also giving back to local veterans today with something they call “Ten Projects in Ten Weeks”. The service will last until Veteran’s Day. Today the group repainted and repaired Rudy Grahn’s home, a Stateline Vietnam veteran.
"I was just thinking about it, I didn't know what I was going to do. I guess I was going to try to climb up there and do it myself. Thank God for Home Depot stepping in,” said Grahn.
A local florist is marking “Good Neighbor Day” today. My Little Flower Shop gave away 2 roses or 2 alstromeria to 100 or so people. They were told to keep one and give the other away. The goal is to spread the spirit of unity.
If you would like to donate to the memorial fund you can do so by visiting http://www.win911.org.