Green Bay 9/11 memorial dismantled

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay's memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is in the process of being dismantled.

Green Bay's 9/11 memorial was dismantled over several days to remove the granite then the metal towers (WBAY photos)

City crews removed the deteriorating granite, then on Thursday removed the 30-foot tall metal towers that represented the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.

The city is currently receiving quotes from contractors for removing the pentagon-shaped footing for the memorial outside the Neville Public Museum. It's expected to cost $20,000 to $30,000. The city hasn't decided where that money will come from.

The memorial, formally called the WTC 9/11 Pen-T Memorial, was erected in June, 2005, near the west bank of the Fox River during a national effort to put memorials to 9/11 victims in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., containing steel beams from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

But Green Bay's memorial prematurely aged in the elements. It also contained spelling errors and incorrect information.

It was formally decommissioned in a ceremony on Sept. 11, 2017. Firefighters then removed the World Trade Center girder, which is currently housed at the Green Bay Police Department. A remembrance ceremony was not held at the memorial last year as it had been every year since the memorial was built.

Supporters hope the city will erect another 9/11 memorial but there are no firm plans.

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