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      Local 9/11 memorial project looking for a boost

      Two beams from the WTC were awarded to the state of SC by the city of New York. / Jarid Munsch

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A fundraiser was held Saturday at the Carolina Ale House in Harbison to help raise the remaining money needed for the 9/11 First Responders Memorial.

      Members of local police, fire, EMS, and the military were in attendance to create awareness for the project costing $750,000.

      The memorial will have two granite towers to represent the World Trade Center, and the towers will be engraved with the names of every Midlands soldier, police officer, firefighter, and EMS worker who has died while on duty since September 11, 2001.

      Two beams from the World Trade Center were awarded to the state of South Carolina by the city of New York and will be featured alongside the granite towers. The beams will be crossed to symbolize how the United States came together after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

      The remaining money needed for the project is about $175,000 and will be used to fund the granite towers' construction.

      Memorial designer Ron Clamp has spoken with many of the families of those first responders killed on 9/11 and knows what this project means. "This monument helps tell those stories, and this monument, in many ways, is going to be the only thing these families have to fall back on," explains Clamp. "The monument is going to be a very meaningful monument on the local level for all South Carolinians."

      More than a dozen local businesses have already partnered to help with the completion of this memorial free of charge.

      The memorial is scheduled to be completed in August, with an official ceremony planned for September 11th of this year.