9/11 monument to be constructed at Riverfront Park

Monument will be sculpted from piece of steel that came down in attack

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A steel beam from the former World Trade Center will be reshaped into a memorial to the first responders who died on September 11, 2001. The memorial, inscribed with the names of first responders who died in the terrorist attacks, will have a permanent home at Springfield’s Riverfront Park.

22News cameras were rolling as the designers unveiled their plans for the memorial they call “Twin Shadows”. The designers, Bruce Rosenbaum and Sam Ostroff, explained how much their project is an emotional experience.

Rosenbaum described working on the project as “actually feeling the presence of that date 9/11, 2001.” Sam Ostroff described steel beam included in the memorial’s design as ” an emotional artifact. To be able to put it together this way, memorializing the first responders, gives us a special opportunity.”

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is sponsoring the construction of the 12-foot tall monument. The designers expect to have the memorial ready for permanent display in time for the 9/11 observance in 2018.