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CFCC students ready 9/11 monument for 10th anniversary

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are quickly approaching the 10th anniversary of September 11. As the anniversary draws near, some local students are remembering the lives lost by creating what their teacher calls a “truly inspired” monument.

This month marks ten years since the attacks of September 11. Students at Cape Fear Community College are preparing a memorial to honor those who died that day.

The college received a beam from the World Trade Center in New York for its North Campus. Design students had the opportunity to create a tribute using the piece of history. They say they could not be more excited to see the finished product.

“It’s good to have that kind of attention brought to this campus,” said CFCC student Justin Nixon, who helped design the monument. “Shows that we care, shows that we’re involved. They had to request that beam out of many beams available, and we’re happy that they sent and gave us the chance to display it.”

The design is simple: two towers with more than 3,000 holes to represent all the lives lost on September 11, 2001, will stand over the beam on a pentagon shaped platform. On the five points of the pentagon will be plaques honoring the four locations targeted during the attacks and the military.

“We tried to not leave anything out in terms of the states that experienced loss, meaning we have Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia,” Nixon said.

Now that the design is completed, CFCC welding students are working on making the plan a reality. They hope to have the entire project completed just in time for the anniversary. They say they can’t think of a better way to honor the victims.

The memorial will be dedicated during a ceremony at Cape Fear Community College’s North Campus on Sunday, September 11. The public is invited to attend.

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