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9/11 Memorial Project

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beams from the World Trade CenterThe City Council directed staff and the Cultural Arts Commission to develop a memorial in remembrance of September 11, 2001 using two steel beams that the City's Fire Department received from the World Trade Center site. A Request For Proposals was sent to artists, design teams, landscape architects and architects nation-wide.

9/11 Memorial modelThe Commission and the Public Art Advisory Committee reviewed 19 proposals received by the June 30 deadline. After several public meetings, the Cultural Arts Commission and the Public Art Advisory Committee narrowed the list of proposals to four. The finalists were ranked and these recommendations were forwarded to City Council for consideration and selection. The artist/design teams were ranked as follows: #1 Untitled, Scott Yanofsky, Terra Firma Group; #2 Monument to September 11, 2001, Robert Kramer; #3 Risen Memories/Rising Hopes, Nancy Mooslin; #4 Untitled, Milena Frieden.

9/11 Memorial model

The 9/11 Memorial project designed by Scott Yanofsky, Terra Firma Group, will be installed this summer at the southwest corner of 15th and Valley.

9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony
The 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 9:58 AM on the corner of 15th Street and Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach. A reception with light refreshments followed the dedication in the Fire Department bay area. The dedication program began at approximately 9:58 AM.


  • American Martyrs Bells Toll - 10:00 AM
  • God Bless America, Dennis McNeil
  • Richard Montgomery, Mayor Pro Tem
  • Dennis Groat, Fire Department Chief
  • Rod Uyeda, Police Department Chief
  • Pat Killen, AIA
    Memorial Design Team
  • Police Department Honor Guard
    Posting of Colors
  • Amazing Grace, Eric Rigler

"As a tribute to people's collective ability to respond to trauma, the City of Manhattan Beach desires that the Memori

al provide residents and visitors a community sanctuary where they can review the events of September 11, 2001, supporting the concept that people learn and are healed by reflecting on the past while looking toward the future"
9/11 Memorial Design Team
Pat Killen, Scott Yanofsky, Steve Oliker

The City of Manhattan Beach greatly appreciates the time, energy and commitment of these persons who contributed to the completion of this project.

  • Manhattan Beach Fire Department
    Captain Tim O'Brien and Captain Jeff Sanders
  • Jeff Neu and Amy Kramer - Provided transport of the columns
  • City Councilmembers:
    Former: Joyce Fahey, Steven A. Napolitano, Linda Wilson, Walt Dougher, Tim Lilligren
    Present: Jim Aldinger, Mayor; Richard Montgomery, Mayor Pro Tem; Portia Cohen,
    Mitch Ward, Nick Tell

  • Cultural Arts Commissioners:
    Former: Sharon Greco, Wayne Powell, Alison Wright
    Present: Shelby Phillips, Candy Duncan, Susan Sweeney, Nancy Humbarger,
    Susannah Rosenthal

  • Public Arts Advisory Committee:
    Walt Dougher, John Dye, Sephora Lax Yamamoto, Laura Moore, Tim O'Brien and Dr. Ellen Tarlow

The above text is from the 9/11 Memorial Dedication Program. You may also download a copy of the actual program with the artwork from the 9/11 Memorial Dedication (PDF).

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