Families of fallen Midland's 1st responders have input in Memorial

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- As America approaches the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington DC, construction continues on the First Responders Remembrance Memorial , scheduled for completion on 9/11/2011 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center .

15 local companies have partnered with the Irmo Fire Foundation to make the project, with an estimated cost of $750,000, a reality. The memorial will include a pair of 15 foot beams from the World Trade Center, and 2 25 foot granite towers, bearing the names of Midlands first responders who have given their lives since 9/11/2011 in the line of duty. Among the 47 first responders are police, fire, EMS, and military personnel.

Sallie Clamp and her husband Ron with Memorial Design have spent the last 2 months on the phone with nearly all families from the Midlands, learning about their fallen heroes. Sometimes, we just listen, says Clamp of the conversations. They are very appreciative to have their loved ones recognized and honored.

The First Responder Memorial project is still in need of $80,000 in order to meeting the completion date of 9/11/2011. Various fund raising efforts are planned, including a dinner with 2 time World Champion USC Baseball Coach Ray Tanner on August 25. The event includes a cocktail hour and dinner, along with a comments and a question an answer session with the Coach.

The First Responders Memorial unveiling ceremony scheduled for 9/11/2011, and will include a presentation to the family members of the fallen Midlands first responders, as well as comments by Governor Nikki Haley .

Individual tickets for the event as well as sponsor tables are available at .