In 2002, steel remnants of the World Trade Center ruins were acquired and welcomed by the RC Community on July 4, 2002 as it traveled across the Nation from New York. It was put on display at Jersey Fire Station for a few days so community members could view a piece of the World Trade Center ruins. An original memorial design was created by the Freedom's Flame Foundation to incorporate the ruins and was estimated to cost approximately $8 million. In May 2020, the concept was redesigned to be scaled down and cost is now estimated to be $1.25 million.
Special City Council Meeting - August 26, 2020
At the August 26, 2020 Special City Council Meeting, the City Council Members / Fire Board voted unanimously in favor to establish a fundraising goal of $150,000 by September 11, 2021 by community donations to evaluate the community's interest in the 9/11 Memorial Project. 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, as the City Council / Fire Board directed the fundraising efforts not be led by staff. 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 honoring those who have fallen and will refund any donations given to the project.
If you are interested in donating to the 9/11 Memorial Project or managing the fundraiser, please email RCfire@CityofRC.us or call (909) 774-3008. An option for online payments is in the process. Please check back soon.