Project 9/11 Indianapolis hopes to expand downtown memorial with public’s help

911 Memorial

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Many people paid their respects to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, at the Indianapolis 9/11 Memorial downtown on Ohio Street.

Nine Hoosiers were killed in the attacks 15 years ago, four at the World Trade Center, five at the Pentagon.

That memorial currently includes two steel beams from the World Trade Center.

Those behind the memorial, like William Cotterman, want to expand the site, adding a remembrance from the Pentagon as well: a damaged piece of Indiana limestone, taken from where the third plane hit.

Cotterman also wants to add three flagpoles at the location, one for the American flag, another for the Indiana state flag and the third for the Indianapolis city flag. A rendering is below.

“The expansion will provide a dignified space for the Pentagon stone,” Cotterman said. “A memorial is for the victims; it’s for healing; it’s for people to have a place to come to make peace with what happened.”

But, due to a lack of funding, those plans are on hold. The project needs to raise $100,000 first. Until then, that limestone sits in a warehouse at Crown Hill where it’s been since 2014.

Cotterman says the memorial will be a sacred gathering place where memories of those lost live on, but they need Hoosier help to make that a complete reality.

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911 Memorial Rendering