Chatham group to break ground on World Trade Center memorial

From staff reportsMarch 21, 2014 

Richard Steele of Pittsboro, holding his son King, touches the beam that was once part of the World Trade Center in the parking lot of Lowe's Saturday morning March 26, 2011. The beam stopped at Lowe's as part of a tour of Chatham County. It will eventually be part of a memorial in Chatham County.


— The Chatham County 9/11 First Responders Memorial Foundation Corp. will hold a groundbreaking for its First Responders Memorial at 1 p.m. Friday, March 28.

The memorial site is located on U.S. 15-501 just south of the traffic circle in Pittsboro, across from the Pittsboro Fire Department. Organizers say bring a shovel to be part of the event.

The memorial will use the donated steel beam from the World Trade Center tragedy as a major focal point. It will honor all first responders who have given their lives to keep others safe.

The foundation will raise all of the money for the project through grants and private donations.

“We greatly appreciate the design work provided by Corley Redfoot Architects,” said Jody Allen, president of the foundation and Goldston firefighter. “The concept is to stand the beam on end, but tilt it at 9 degrees and 11 minutes facing directly toward Ground Zero.”

Allen also thanked Foushee Grading of Pittsboro for clearing the site and removing trees. Phase 1 of the site development will be completed in September.

The foundation is selling Challenge Coins for $15 to raise money

For more information on the project and how to buy a coin, visit the group’s Facebook page at or email

Donations or money for Challenge Coins may also be sent to Chatham County 9/11 First Responders Memorial Foundation Corp., PO Box 328, Pittsboro NC 27312

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