The final touches are going on the World Trade Center Memorial in Boise’s Riverside Park, 1775 W. Shoreline Drive, Boise.
The sculpture by Amber Conger was installed in the landscape designed by JensenBelts Associates, a Boise landscape architectural firm in 2012. The team was selected through a competition held by the City’s Department of Arts and History.
The sculpture that features a beam from the World Trade Center is located near the Fallen Firefighters Memorial. After the building’s demolition, pieces of it were made available for this purpose across the country. The Boise Fire Department requested a piece to create a memorial that would show the solidarity and support first responders feel for one another.
In all, 343 firefighters and EMTs and 37 Port Authority Police died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. A total of 2,753 people died in the New York attacks, including those in the two planes that struck the towers. Find more 9/11 facts here.
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The Boise memorial took much longer to complete than expected because of Conger’s schedule. And then getting final approval from all stakeholders added time.
“I actually did not think we would be able to make today,” Conger says. “But we are going to give it a shot.”
Today, Sept. 10, Conger and her fabrication team is adding the final names to the wall and the final signage. The Idaho memorial will be added to the world registery of 9/11 memorials.