Officials Hope New Home for Area 9/11 Statue Boosts Patriotism
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Most people remember their exact whereabouts when hearing the devastating news of the attacks on September 11, 2001. On Wednesday, residents all across America took a moment to reflect back to that day.
Statues and memorials have been set up throughout the nation, including here in the Grand Valley to pay respect. Officials hope a new location for one Grand Junction statue will help to reinforce that patriotism a number of people experienced.
“The work was nothing,” said Pat Olson, artist. “The people are everything.”
Olson is local artist who designed on of Grand Junction’s 9/11 memorial statues. It’s a representation of the three locations that were targets of the terrorist attacks 12 years ago.
“It’s personal to some people,” said Olson. “It’s symbolic to most of the rest who weren't there.”
His statue was to be on displayed on 7th and Main. However, now, it's nestled right in front of the Grand Junction Fire Department's new Administrative Building.
This is a move officials believe will help the community better remember.
“It’s very fitting to honor and remember them here on this site,” said Lorie Gregor, recreation coordinator for the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation. “We have created a place where people can come and enjoy and read about what this means and just have a nice space to be in.”
The expressive piece of art even includes a portion of the fallen World Trade Center, which Olson says helps honor those that much more, who sacrificed so much on that heartrending day.
“To me, the important people are not necessarily the civilian people. Although their loss is tragic,” said Olson. “The guys in these buildings here, the fire department guys, the police guys, all the public safety folks, who know that if they leave their homes in the morning, that there is an odd chance that they may not come back.”
Olson hopes the sculpture marks their sacrifice and commitment to make our community and country a safer place.
In addition to the move, they also installed some lights into the statue.
On Thursday, they will debut the statue and light it up during a special ceremony right after the Farmers' Market in downtown Grand Junction.