No city 9/11 ceremony as Green Bay memorial in limbo

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) A year ago, Green Bay city leaders held a special ceremony to honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The 2017 event marked the last public event at the memorial outside the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay before the steel beam from the Twin Towers was removed, and under watch of honor guards, placed in its new temporary home at the Green Bay Police Department.

The monument by the museum is cracked, names are wearing off and it has incorrect information.

It was supposed to be deaccessioned, but a year later, its future is still unknown.

No formal observance will be held there this year.

Despite that, firefighters and police are making sure 9/11 is not forgotten.

"Myself, I was nine years old when the towers collapsed, and I still remember I was sitting in the library at the elementary school watching everything happen," says Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lt. Shauna Walesh. "I think it meant more to me as I went to school to be a firefighter because over 343 firefighters died."

Firefighters carry a daily reminder on their rigs in the form of stickers bearing the number 343 affixed to their rescue vehicles.

Police won't forget either. Officers walk past the steel beam in their lobby every day.

"(9/11) really changed the tide of law enforcement because that gives us a different outlook on everything we do, whether that's a community event we do to Lambeau Field for a Packer game to a neighborhood picnic," says Green Bay Police Captain Kevin Warych.

While it's a daily remembrance, police and firefighters say it's important to observe the anniversary.

This year, the city is not planning a special ceremony or observance.

Instead police will attend an event at UW-Green Bay.

Some firefighters will be at a stair climb with Green Bay West High School students. Others will hold moments of silence at their fire stations.

"I think everyone kind of does it their own special way, which makes it even more special," says Walesh.

The Green Bay mayor's office says people can still visit the display at the Neville or police department while the city decides what to do next.

Last December, city leaders voted to repair the memorial, funded by donations, wanting it ready to rededicate by September 11, 2018.

That won't happen.

"It's in limbo. Right now, the original group that did the funding for it is out trying to fund for it again. I hear they're having some difficulty," says Alderman Randy Scannell.

Scannell wants people to find a way to remember 9/11, hoping the memorial is repaired by next year.