On July 4, 2002, steel remnants from the World Trade Center were acquired and welcomed by the RC Community after it traveled across the Nation from New York. The steel remnants were put on display at the Jersey Fire Station for several days in order to allow community members to view a piece of the World Trade Center ruins, as well as pay their respects and reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. The steel remnants were then moved to a secure location while plans were made to build a 9/11 memorial that would incorporate the piece. The original memorial design was created by the Freedom's Flame Foundation and was estimated at approximately $8 million to build. In May 2020, the concept was redesigned and scaled down resulting in an estimated cost of $1.25 million.
Special City Council Meeting - August 26, 2020
There is currently no budget for the project, therefore the $1.25 million would need to be fundraised by the community and managed by a community partner. On August 26, 2020 during a special meeting, the City Council Members / Fire Board voted unanimously in favor of establishing a fundraising goal of raising $150,000 in donations by September 11, 2021. The intent of this is to validate the community's interest in the 9/11 Memorial Project. If the $150,000 goal is not met by September 11, 2021, the City Council / Fire Board may consider releasing the steel remnants to another entity who is interested in the memorial concept and will refund any donations given to the project.
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