Boise's 9/11 memorial finally taking shape

STATESMAN STAFFSeptember 11, 2013 

A 10.5-foot section of steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center now sits in Boise's Riverside Park, wrapped in a circular metal frame. Still to come is a wall listing the names of first responders who were killed in the line of duty after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The sculpture is Idaho's piece of a nationwide effort to create 9/11 memorials in all 50 states. The beam arrived in Boise early in 2011.

The firm JensenBelts, working with artist Amber Conger, won a 2012 competition to create the artwork near the park's Idaho Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

A dedication for the sculpture was originally planned for Sept. 11, 2012, then delayed one year. On Tuesday, Karen Bubb, public art manager for the city of Boise, said the Boise Fire Department will wait to hold the dedication until the wall of names is complete.

Riverside Park is at 1775 W. Shoreline Drive.


The Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial Coalition will hold its fourth annual memorial service at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the Idaho Law Learning Center, also known as the Old Ada County Courthouse, 514 Jefferson St.

Officials will unveil etchings of the names of the four soldiers - Mitchell Daehling, Octavio Herrera, Thomas Murach and Shane Wilson - who died in the past year.

Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter will recite the names of the 66 fallen soldiers listed on the memorial. The ceremony will include a special presentation to the Daehling, Herrera, Murach and Wilson families.

For more information about the service, contact Chris Wadsworth with the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial Coalition at 949-8732 or


The Meridian Fire Department invites the public to a short 9/11 ceremony at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at Fire Station 1, 540 E. Franklin Road.

The ceremony will include a performance by Meridian Pipes and Drums, the raising of the flag by the Honor Guard, and a moment of silence.

Call 489-0538 for more information.


The Idaho Peace Coalition plans a "No War" vigil from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. along Front Street between 10th and 11th streets in Downtown Boise.

Poster boards and markers will be available for participants to make signs. A notice from the coalition asks participants to park along Grove Street.

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