Northwest Ohio 9/11 Memorial opens to the public

Published: Nov. 13, 2018 at 6:27 PM EST
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After many months of coordination the Northwest Ohio 9/11 Memorial is officially open to public at the 180th Fighter Wing, and now you can see it for yourself.

There are memorials all over the U.S. dedicated to honor the thousands of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, but only few are like the one located at the Ohio Air National Guard base. The memorial holds artifacts from all three crash sites.

Community leaders who played a big part in bringing the memorial to life were the first to see it Tuesday in a guided tour by the base's retired vice commander Col. Scott Reed.

During the terror attacks, F-16s from the 180th Fighter Wing were scrambled and put in the air to help protect American airspace. Col. Reed was one of the pilots who took to the skies.

The design is set up like a sun dial and certain artifacts are in place on the clock at the same time the fateful events happened in 2001. The items include a steel beam from New York's Twin Towers, limestone blocks from The Pentagon and actual soil from Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Base leaders say they're happy to finally make it available to everyone after so many community members helped build and fund the breathtaking memorial.

"It was the community that got together and said, 'Well, we need to raise money for this. We need these construction materials. We need guys who are good at pouring concrete,'" said Col. Reed. "This is something that the community did, my neighbors did this, and I am just so proud that we were able to do this here."

If you’re interested in a free tour of the memorial they take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You must sign up online on the