Brownsburg 9/11 memorial will center around World Trade Center beam

Memorial will contain timeline, storyboard

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - A new memorial site will be constructed in Brownsburg to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A current gazebo will be removed to make way for the new memorial, which will contain a beam from the Twin Towers.

The beam is 108 inches long, 10.5 inches wide and 29 inches high.

The beam will stay in its current condition and will not be painted or polished.

"There are places of inch-thick steel on that beam that were literally bent like you'd bend a piece of paper. We want to show that, and we want for people to see this beam went through hell and it did," said architect Scott Perkins.

The beam from the towers will go in the middle of the memorial, and it will be surrounded with story boards and a timeline.

The memorial will document the 77-minute span when Tower 1 was hit at 8:46 a.m., Tower 2 at 9:03 a.m., the Pentagon at 9:30 a.m. and Flight 93 at 10:03 a.m.

"A monument will last for generations to come. The community’s great-great-grandchildren can come to that park and be able to read about it and have a place of solitude and reflection to remember what occurred 9/11, 200 years from now," said Chief Bill Brown of the Brownsburg Fire Department.

It will take $250,000 to make the monument a reality, and the fundraising is already under way.

The beam will point toward New York City.

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