World Trade Center / New York City
|On September 11, 2001, nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four
commercial US jetliners, deliberately crashing two of the planes into
the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center and a third plane
into the Pentagon. After learning of the other attacks, passengers and
crew members on the fourth plane attempted to commandeer control, and
the plane was crashed into an empty field in Western Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that day, the single largest loss of
life from a foreign attack on American soil.
The New York & New Jersey Port Authority made available artifacts
from the World Trade Center to over 1100 municipalities throughout the
United States. The City of Tampa received two artifacts from the New
York & New Jersey Port Authority, both of which have been incorporated
into memorials that can be found on Bayshore
Blvd and Bay to Bay and at the Tampa Firefighters Museum in downtown
you guys ready?
Okay. Let's Roll!"
- United Airlines Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer's
last words as
heard by operator Lisa Jefferson at 9:55 a.m. September 11, 2001
On 9/11, many individuals, on Flight 93, at the Pentagon and in
the World Trade Center, acted selflessly and put the safety and security of
others ahead of their own. This spirit of service continued beyond that day and
into the aftermath of 9/11, inspiring people from around the world to come
together and perform extraordinary acts of service.
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, American citizens were vehement in procuring
and displaying flags and related patriotic items. A group of Tampa citizens,
wanting to show their support for American democratic values and the men and
women in service to our country, met on this site; and in the face of grief,
confusion, anxiety, and global volatility began to wave flags. These dedicated
citizens are known as the Bayshore Patriots.
"In the face of enormous challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere overseas
since 9/11, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen have
demonstrated extraordinary initiative, determination, innovativeness, and
courage. As they press on in their missions, nothing means more to them or their
families than the sense that their sacrifices are appreciated.
Few communities have given them that sense as deeply or as frequently as the
Tampa Bay community. Indeed, the citizens, organizations, and businesses of
Tampa Bay repeatedly find ways to express appreciation for our troopers' service
and for the sacrifices of our military families -- from tickets to ball games
and flags along Bayshore to innumerable events to support Wounded Warriors in
the VA hospital. These gestures add up to a huge and tangible "thank you" to our
service members and their families -- and that is the very best form of support
and appreciation that they could have as they continue their difficult work. In
turn, those in uniform say "thanks" to the most supportive community in
- General David H. Petraeus
Pentagon / Washington D.C.
"From the Minute Men at Concord and Lexington to the
Firemen at the World Trade Center, tragedies and the challenges they
thrust upon us have had the power to unite a diverse America. 9/11 was
not an attack against New York or the Pentagon. Like Pearl Harbor, it
was an assault on all Americans. 9/11 awakened America to the threats it
will face in this 21st century and has galvanized our people to go on
the offensive against our enemies. It is critical to our future that the
men and women who lost their lives, as victims or heroes, that fateful
Tuesday and the lessons we have learned from the tragedy of 9/11 not be
- Senator Bob Graham
9/11 World Trade Center Artifact located at Bayshore & Bay to Bay
The World Trade Center site is represented as an elevated concrete base,
matching the orientation and scale of the site in New York City. Thin aluminum
members rise from the base, tracing the placement, material, and proportions of
the twin towers. The memorial is one one-hundreth the scale of the actual towers
and site. The steel WTC artifact, held above the base within the symbolic north
tower, functions as a sundial. As the shadow of the artifact falls on the ground
on the morning of September 11, the lower slab marks the duration of time from
the first airplane's impact on the north tower to the subsequent collapse of the
tower on September 11, 2001.
The steel in this memorial is steel recovered from the World Trade
Center after September 11, 2001 courtesy of the Port Authority of NY &
NJ is displayed in memory of the nearly 3,000 victims including over 400
first responders. Special Thanks to the donated services of: WILDERARCHITECTURE; Horus Construction Services, Inc; Miller Structural
W.C. Sherill & Company; VoltAir, Inc.; C.E. Systems, Inc.; Sesco
Lighting, Mineral Life International; and the partial donations by
Desert Snake Offroad, LLC; Coastal Construction Products, Inc.; and
Tampa Amalgamated Steel.