Serving the Greater St. Louis and surrounding area.
Standing roughly 6'5" complete (we shorted down the base a bit than originally planned) - our 9/11 Memorial consists of the Twin Towers, a NYPD / Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department Patrol Cap, along with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Firemen's helmet.
Meaning behind each individual piece in the our 9/11 Memorial:
*** The Firefighter Helmet pays tribute to not only Engine 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9, who suffered the greatest loss on September 11, 2001, in any single firehouse responding that day as they lost 15 member that day - more than any other firehouse in the city BUT we also added a special number above the engine number on the Helmet... 343
In total, 343 Firefighters selflessly gave their own lives trying to help those in need. Also, note that every single Firefighter who responded to the World Trade center that day are true American Heroes as are those Firefighters left behind to protect the city as a whole while their fellow brothers and sisters faced the unknown of what was to come of The World Trade Center.
In the first three operations on 9-11, more than 200 fire units—including 121 engine companies and 62 ladder companies—responded to the World Trade Center. This represented more than half of all units, citywide. However, FDNY managed to maintain citywide fire coverage. Although fire calls on 9-11 were approximately the same as on the same day in the year 2000, response times only minimally increased.
*** Our NYPD/Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department patrol cap is almost complete. A bit of touch up in the morning and it'll be ready for finish. This is the last and final piece to be added to what will be our 9/11 memorial featuring the Twin Towers, FDNY Firefighter helmet, and NYPD patrol cap.
The Patrol Cap not only pays tribute to the 37 Police Officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, the 23 Police Officers of the New York City Police Department, the 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and single Patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol who paid the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001, but also to pay tribute to all those Officers who selflessly served the citizens of New York City that day at the World Trade Center and throughout the city.
The badge number (2977) represents each and every one of the 2,977 men, woman, and children killed on September 11, 2001 - The attacks were the worst attacks in U.S. history and the most devastating foreign attack on United States soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The immediate deaths of the terrorist attack on 9/11 included 246 on the four planes, 2,606 in the World Trade Centers and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon.
*** The Twin Towers - at the time of their completion, the original 1 World Trade Center (1,368 feet) and 2 World Trade Center at (1,362 feet) —were the tallest buildings in the world.
The construction of the North Tower began on August 6, 1968 with the construction of the South beginning shortly after in January of 1969 with the completion of the North Tower in 1972 and the South Tower in 1973.
On February 26, 1993, the World Trade Center would be faced with a survive its first terrorist attack when a 1,200 lbs bomb was brought in on a Ryder truck and set off in the parking garage of The World Trade Center. Six people would be killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and more than 1,000 would be injured.
The explosion created a hole 200 feet by 100 feet, several stories deep. It caused the PATH station ceiling to collapse. An estimated 50,000 people were evacuated from the area that day.