Preliminary Construction Work Starts on 9/11 Memorial

Preliminary Work at Memorial Site is Underway


Earth-moving equipment is beginning to lay the foundation for the planned 9/11 Memorial at the Big Timbers Museum site.

9/11 Tribute organizer, Doug Harbour brought the Prowers Commissioners up to date on the next steps for the construction plans. “We’re expecting some road base to arrive to top off what’s already been spread around the site,” he said, adding that materials for the retaining wall are expected to arrive from Home Depot between one to six weeks at this point.  Harbour said museum curator, Kathleen Scranton, said the materials can be stored on the property during the construction period.

He told the commissioners, he plans to get some physical assistance for the construction from local high school athletes. “Some of the retaining wall stones weigh about 54 pounds each and it would help if we could get some volunteers to assist with the heavy lifting. I’ve checked our insurance for this and we’re covered.  I think the help would give the youngsters a feeling of ownership in the overall project,” he stated.

Harbour said that Home Depot, which has helped with earlier donations to the project, plans to build some picnic tables and an awning as well as construct the back wall of the memorial. The local Elks Lodge has donated a flag pole for the memorial site and he said they’d like to be on hand when on the day the flag will be flown for the first time.

September 8th has been selected as this year’s date for the annual 9/11 First Responder Tribute and Parade in Lamar which will be held at the Prowers County Fairgrounds.  He said he’d make arrangements with the county to secure the area for that date.  Harbour did note that the Vietnam era Huey helicopter that was in the parade last year has been permanently donated to the AeroSpace Museum in Denver at Lowry Field.  “We enjoyed having that entry in our parade last year and we’ll see if we can find some kind of replacement for this year,” he explained.

By Russ Baldwin


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