SACRAMENTO - The Cal Expo 9/11 memorial has become an impressive and elaborate display honoring and remembering all of those who died 11 years ago Tuesday.
Construction of the memorial began a year after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.
Over the years, people from all over the state have gone to the memorial to pay their respects. The memorial consists of several components, including a massive I-beam that was extracted from Ground Zero which had been a horizontal support beam for theWorld Trade Center North Tower. There are also 125,000 pounds of wreckage from the World Trade Center, a fountain, and a granite ball with all of the names inscribed of the nearly 3,000 victims of Sept. 11.
You will also find a bell tower, reflections of the World Trade Center, and individual memorials to those who died on the downedFlights 77 and 93.
Flight 93 went down in a field in Pennsylvania after a group of passengers tried to wrest control of the aircraft from hijacker terrorists. The jetliner crashed in rural Shanksville instead of its presumed intended target: a building filled with more potential victims.
Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
The late Larry Davis, who served on the Cal Expo Board of Directors,made significant contributions to making the Cal Expo memorial possible. He helped raise money for it andarranged transportof the wreckage that is now a memorial permanent fixture.
The plaza will beopen to the publicstarting at 8 a.m. Tuesdayand close at 6 p.m. Parking is free at Cal Expo Tuesday,along with admission to the memorial.