Green Bay’s damaged and inaccurate memorial to the 9/11 terror attacks is coming down. City Council made that decision after months of searching for other options.
At the 9/11 Memorial downtown work has begun to dismantle this troubled structure.
“It’s in shameful shape and the longer we let it stay like that, the shame is on us,” said Alderman Randy Scannell.
Work authorized by Green Bay’s City Council Monday night, to a proposal put forward by Scannell.
“We got to do something with this monument, it’s in terrible shape. It has misinformation, something had to be done. We tried to save it, couldn’t save it. Time to take it down,” Scannell said.
On September 11, 2017 a decommissioning ceremony was held here and a steel beam from the Twin Towers was removed and placed inside the police department lobby. In need of repair, this donated structure was expected to come down soon after. But then one of the original donors stepped forward with this claim.
“There is a remnant of a victim in there,” Barb Jack told the council.
That stopped the memorial from being removed – which Scannell says was a mistake.
“She had no documentation as to what was actually in the container, she didn’t know what was in the container and we still don’t know,” Scannell said.
Instead council voted to begin a fundraiser to pay for repairs. But more than a year later no money has been raised.
“That went nowhere, they didn’t raise one dollar,” Scannell said.
“When it’s all said and done, we asked for people to raise the money, help raise the money to clean it up and make it look right and be correct – and that didn’t happen,” said Alderman Bill Galvin.
Galvin said the vote to remove the memorial was unanimous and the time to take action is now.
“Let’s save the parts that are salvageable, let’s move forward and look for a new place, location and memorial,” Galvin said.
“We have the girder, we do want to do something but maybe not here,” Scannell said.
Scannell says the Public Arts Commission has been directed to develop ideas for a new 9/11 Memorial. And the Parks Department will work to remove this troubled monument for good.
The memorial was donated to the city in 2005. But the marble used quickly failed and some information etched in the marble concerning flights highjacked is incorrect.