Green Bay now wants to preserve and correct city's 9/11 memorial

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Just weeks after decommissioning the 9/11 memorial in Green Bay on the sixteenth anniversary of the attacks, the Green Bay City Council now wants the Parks Committee to look at ways to preserve and restore the statue. 

On September 11th, 2017, the city decommissioned the memorial by respectfully removing the steel beam that had come from the fallen Twin Towers and was then attached to the Green Bay memorial.

The city had plans to remove the entire memorial, given that the structure's materials are deteriorating and the base has inaccurate information on it.

Then, a group came forward who had helped fundraise for the memorial. They said that inside of the base of Green Bay's memorial is a tube that contains human remains from the 9/11 attacks, artifacts blessed by the Pope, and a piece of the Pentagon. 

While the city and the group have not been able to prove that those items are there, Green Bay city council took a vote on October 3rd to allow the Parks Committee to research ways to preserve and correct the memorial.

Alderman Randy Scannell argued against that, and put an amended motion on the floor to continue with plans to take the memorial down, since the current condition of it is disrespectful, especially with the inaccurate information. 

Scannell's amended motion did not pass in a vote.

"I think what we need to do is we need to continue to deaccessioning the monument like we were going, and remove that tube and see what is in it and then decide what to do with it," Scannell emphasized. "So, I think it seems like some alders are thinking because that tube's in there we should try and repair the monument, to me it's just the opposite, that's just one more reason why that monument should come down and we should find out what's in there and decide what's the best way to handle it."

Alderman Chris Wery, who is a member of the Parks Committee, disagreed with Scannell.

Wery said the memorial should be preserved, and the base with inaccurate information can be fixed, but it does not need to be taken apart, therefore not revealing what may be inside of it.  

"I think the right thing to do is examine all this new information that's come up and then bring that forward and make an informed decision." Wery said. "The other part of the discussion is maybe we just want to keep it regardless of what's in it.You know, did we have commitments to the World Trade Center Commission, that this be displayed in a public area, you know if we have commitments, we need to keep those, and I don't think we knew about that until recently." 

The Parks Committee will now spend time figuring out where to go next with preserving the memorial, and present a new plan to City Council. 


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