In tribute to Utahns who have given their lives for their country since World War II, the Utah Fallen Warrior Memorial was dedicated Monday at Fort Douglas, with Gov. Gary Herbert joining other dignitaries in a ceremony built around a piece of the World Trade Center.
Erected at Fort Douglas Military Museum after spending the past month on a statewide tour, the memorial features a 9,000-pound concrete slab from a subterranean "slurry wall" that prevented the Hudson River from flooding ground zero after the twin towers were taken down by airborne terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people in New York City.
The concrete block is being purchased by a group known as Utah's Fallen Warrior Memorial, which organized the tour to help raise the $150,000 still needed to buy the piece. Group Executive Director Raette Bloomfield Belcher took on this project after listening at a luncheon to "Gold Star Mothers" who had lost sons in combat since the Gulf War in 1990-91.