Green Bay subcommittee: Remove 9/11 memorial, keep the steel beam

A piece of steel from the Twin Towers is part of the 9/11 memorial in Green Bay. (WLUK/Don Steffens)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A subcommittee of the Green Bay Public Arts Commission is recommending taking down the city’s 9/11 memorial.

If you look closely at the 9/11 memorial near the Neville Public Museum, in Green Bay, you can't help but notice the cracks.

"The beam is really the only part of the monument with any significance," said Green Bay alderman Randy Scannell.

The memorial was donated to the city in 2005 and has a piece of steel from the Twin Towers.

But, over the years, the monument has been falling apart. And, some of the airline information etched granite is inaccurate.

Scannell is a member of the Public Arts Commission. He's also on the subcommittee tasked with figuring out what to do with the weather-worn memorial.

"The plan is, on 9/11... we haven't worked out all the details yet, but we'll have a ceremony, we'll deaccession the girder, we'll remove it from the monument. and we'll have a procession," he said.

Scannell goes on to say the subcommittee will recommend that this piece of steel will stay at the Green Bay Police Department, "until, probably, a new public safety building is built with the fire and police department and then it'll be stored inside there until the beam is protected and we'll have a monument going on inside," Scannell said.

He adds, the goal is to have the Green Bay Public Works Department remove the rest of the memorial.

The subcommittee will share its plan with the park committee at City Hall Wednesday, August 9 at 4 p.m. in room 207.

If approved, the plan will then be sent to the city council.

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