GREEN BAY, Wis. The deteriorating condition of the September 11th memorial near the Neville Public Museum is raising concerns among people in Green Bay.
The memorial has cracks and is fading because the marble cannot withstand weather conditions. It also says American Airlines 175 and United Airlines 77 were involved in the 2001 terror attack, but it was actually United Airlines 175 and American Airlines 77. Alderperson Randy Scannell says the damage goes beyond just cosmetic repairs.
For many, the memory of where we were and what we were doing on September 11th, 2001 is burned into our minds.
“I lived in Green Bay at the time, I remember being pulled from school, and everyone was in shock and everyone was afraid and I remember later on that night lighting candles as a child, it was still that heavy," said Tarl Knight, a Green Bay resident.
People say the memorial is something that needs to be fixed immediately.
“I think it should be immediate, if there's something erected then it should be proper and it should be respected that way, why are there inconsistencies on a memorial?” Knight added.
The city has plans to take it down and re-build it.
"We're looking to re-do another memorial using parts of this one as part of it, so we'll need to do a call out for artists and concepts and see what people come up with and pick one," said Alderperson Scannell.
Alderperson Scannell says organizing the Public Arts Committee, who's addressing the memorial, took longer than expected.
“It’s just unfortunate that it has taken this long because the memorial has needed a work over for a long time," Scannell added.
Scannell says they may put the new memorial elsewhere, but either way this time the committee will be sure to take their time.
“We don't want to rush it, we want to make sure we're doing this right, so we get the right artist and right rendition for it and put it in the right spot. We'll take our time and do it right," Scannell said.
“I do love Green Bay and it's great to be able to commemorate and honor the people that we've lost but we should do so respectfully and correctly,” says Knight.
The Public Arts Commission will be discussing the issue and looking at creating the subcommittee for the memorial at 8 a.m. inside city hall.
Alderperson Scannell says the completion of the new memorial could take anywhere from a year to a couple of years to complete depending on if it gets moved.