May 12, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- South
Memorial will be complete today when Alaska Air Cargo delivers a 150-pound section of
limestone that was part of the United States Pentagon before it was destroyed in the 2001 terrorist attack.
The fire department was recently awarded the artifact by the Pentagon, which is sharing pieces of the destroyed building to 9/11 memorials throughout the nation.
September 11, 2001
, is a tragic day in our nation's history, and we are honored to assist the men and women of South King Fire and Rescue in their ongoing efforts to memorialize the lives lost at the World Trade Center, in
, and at the Pentagon 13 years ago," said
, Alaska Airlines' managing director of cargo.
and Rescue's Fire Station No. 64, located in
Federal Way, Wash.
, will be one of the few 9/11 memorials in the state to include pieces from each of the three sites and the only one in
. The memorial honors the nearly 3,000 victims, including 343 firefighters, who died in the terrorist attacks and will be inscribed with every person's name.
"While Federal Way is 2,400 miles away from
New York City
, the region has made it its mission to memorialize the events of
September 11th, 2001
, honoring all who perished and served during those challenging days," said King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer. "Whether naming our newest high school for
or building this unique memorial,
South King County
does not want to forget the costly lessons of 9/11."
"This artifact represents an important final piece of the memorial that will commemorate the lives of our brothers and sisters who were lost and serve as a reminder to future generations of firefighters," said Assistant Chief
of South King Fire and Rescue.
The district's memorial includes a 10-foot-long steel beam
from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, a rock from the crash site in
, and now a 150-pound piece of
limestone from the Pentagon. These three pieces are the centerpiece of the 9/11 memorial under active construction. The district's memorial, which will be debuted to the public on
Sept. 11, 2014
, also includes a Stalwart pear tree in tribute to the only tree that survived at Ground Zero in
New York City
The South King Fire and Rescue memorial effort began in 2011, on the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy, when South King Fire's Lt.
to retrieve the steel beam.
: Photos of the artifact are posted to the carrier's online newsroom at
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, the Lower 48,
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SOURCE Alaska Airlines