The memory of 9-11 is fading for most people and that is unfortunate.  It is an event that we should never, ever forget. One way to keep that from happening is to remind people of what took place.  For people in Quincy and the surrounding area stopping by the 9-11 artifact located in the Quincy City Hall parking lot would go a long way to making sure we never forget the attack on the United States in 2001.

With that said, the display of a 15 foot portion of Quincy's Harris Corporation made radio tower located on the top of Building #1 of the World Trade Center in New York when the building crumbled, needs to be re-located.

When it was retrieved in 2011 by then Mayor John Spring and then City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp and permanently displayed at City Hall, it seemed like a great spot to mount it. If you are in the City Hall parking lot it is a great display.  If you drive by City Hall, as most people do, it looks like a rusted out piece of scrap metal from the street.

So here is my proposal. Two weeks ago it was announced that the Memorial Bridge leading traffic from Missouri into Illinois and Quincy will be shutting down for some three months. Here is a perfect opportunity to re-locate the display in the median of 4th and Maine across from the Lincoln-Douglas Hotel. Think of the thousands of people who would get to see it every single day at that location.

With the Memorial Bridge temporarily being shut down, traffic will be re-routed across the Mississippi River via the Bayview Bridge during that time period. That would make for an opportune time to construct a new display at 4th and Maine. It would be yet another historical element for Washington Park as well.

When you look at the display, it may look like 15 feet of scrap metal, but it represents everything this country stands for. Let’s move the 9-11 display and keep the memory of 9-11 prominent in the minds of everyone because… we should NEVER forget!

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