Green Bay began decommissioning the memorial during a ceremony that included fire fighters and the police on September 11, fire fighters removed the steel girder, the piece the city believed was the most important piece of the monument.
However, the decommission is on hold as the City Council referred it back to the Parks Commission because after last night there are some questions that need to be answered.
In a bizarre twist at last nights City Council meeting the woman who donated the $250,000 memorial back in 2005 told the council that there were human remains and artifacts from the Pope and a bishop in the monument.
“There is a remnant of a victim in there,” said Barb Jack who’s responsible for bringing the monument to Green Bay, it was supposed to be the start of having a memorial in every state, however no others were ever created.
“Now there’s body parts and there’s all this money laying around and the Pope’s in the loop,” questioned Mayor Jim Schmitt.
Schmitt and Jack went back and forth with Jack claiming she came to the mayor with funds that would have fixed the dilapidated monument, however Schmitt said that wasn’t true and if the city had the money to fix the monument they would have done so.
It was something that many of the members of city council did know about prior to the meeting, now the big question remains, are there human remains and artifacts in the concrete base of the monument?
“The city has to do its due diligence and find out,” said Alderman Bill Galvin. “There are legal aspects if they exist and we would treat those remains with respect and honor.”
Jack has no documentation and the talks about decommissioning the monument have been going on for years, that also includes several reports by Local 5 this year that looked into what the city would do with the deteriorating monument that has factual errors regarding two of the high jacked flights.
The steel beam that came from inside one of the twin towers and was provided by the New York Port Authority.
Local 5 learned that the beam came with stipulations that it has to be on public display 24/7 in a public place so people could pay their respects whenever they wish.
Green Bay fulfilled that requirement when fire fighters moved the beam inside the Police Department lobby where the city plans on storing it temporarily.
The long term plan is to build a new memorial in a new public safety building featuring the beam.