A Green Bay alderman says it’s time repairs were made on a community memorial to the 9/11 terror attacks. Chris Wery says it’s time to take action – to rebuild or replace.
Along the banks of the Fox River – a memorial to the 9/11 terror attacks. But this monument to those killed has fallen on hard times and Alderman Chris Wery says it can no longer be ignored.
“We’re finding the wrong granite was used, the base is falling apart, so it needs some major work,” said Wery. “We don’t want it to fall down.”
The memorial which was donated to the city in 2005 has a number of issues. The marble is cracked in numerous places, the names of the 3,000 killed are no longer legible and two of the passengers jets used in the the attacks are incorrectly identified.
“There are some flight numbers wrong and missing information and that should be corrected as well,” said Wery.
The alderman says attempts have been made in the past to fix the errors and repair the memorial, but 12 years later the issues remain.
“Mayor’s office said they were going to take it under their wing,” said Wery. “We gave them some time, they didn’t do it, now City Council will.”
He’s proposing the city set aside $80,0000 in excess stadium tax money to finally address the situation.
“It does a dishonor really to what it is suppose to represent,” Wery said.
Wery says the monument was erected to honor the victims of 9/11 and to tell their story so that the nation never forgets. But the memorial, as it stands, is more of an embarrassment than anything else and the city can no longer ignore it.
“We’re trying to remember not only the horrid events the terrorism caused, but also the bravery and heroism of that day and how the country came together,” Wery said. “This is kind of turning your back on what we’re trying to preserve.”
Wery’s proposal goes before Green Bay’s Parks Committee later this week.