By Jennifer Thibault
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Senior leaders and special guests gathered to dig the first few shovels of dirt Nov. 14, in commemoration of the initial steps of constructing Schriever’s 9/11 Display.
The prominent hill in front of the 50th Security Forces Squadrons has a historical relevance as it used to be the site that welcomed all Schriever guests before the gate was moved out to its current location.
This display will “stand as a tribute to the passengers of the four airliners who died, to those who died in the twin towers and the Pentagon, to the firemen, paramedics and police officers who died responding and to all of the military who have died in response to our nation’s call to combat the terrorists who seek to destroy America and our way of life,” said Chap. Glenn Gresham, 50th Space Wing chaplain.
Donald Addy, president and CEO of the National Homeland Defense Foundation, and Kathy Ferguson, deputy assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, joined Col. James Ross, 50th Space Wing commander, for the event.
“We are grateful to Mr. Addy and his efforts making this display possible,” said Ross. “This display will remind everyone who enters Schriever Air Force Base of our current struggle and our efforts to stamp out terrorism throughout the world.”
Addy was the driving force behind Schriever and the other Front Range installations gaining artifacts from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Schriever members welcomed their artifact, a 2,500 pound, 18-foot long box beam, in April 2010 and have since been working to come up with a fitting design and display. Those efforts came to fruition Nov. 14 as the ground breaking ceremony concludes the preparation and paves the way for actual construction to begin.
The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012.