Symbolism of the Memorial

The Memorial was designed by landscape architects Peter J. Kudlata and Jeffrey Wiberg of Flagstone Landscaping, based on preliminary designs by Dustin Melzark, a 2001 Kewaskum High School graduate. 

A rendered image of the Memorial with numbers indicating different features of the Memorial.
A rendered image of the Memorial with numbers indicating different features of the Memorial.

1. Steel Beam

The centerpiece of the Memorial is a 2,200-pound steel beam recovered from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The beam is raised, pointing southeast toward New York City and held in place by a sculpture that is an abstract representation of the Twin Towers. 

2. Pentagon Foundation

The World Trade Center steel beam is anchored to a pentagon-shaped limestone foundation, a tribute to the Pentagon, which was also attacked on September 11th, 2001. Each point of the foundation is oriented toward one of the five learning stations. 

3. Flight Path Map

The Southeast Learning Station educates visitors about the flight paths and timeline of the terrorist attacks. 

4. "Ascension" Sculpture

The “Ascension” sculpture, designed by Susan Falkman, memorializes the fallen and honors the first responders at the Twin Towers.  

5. Victims' Learning Station

The Northwest Learning Station teaches visitors about the events of September 11th and those who were killed in the attacks. 

6. Trellis Towers

The Clematis Trellis Towers are representative of the World Trade Center Towers. Sweet Autumn Clematis blooms in September—perfectly timed to the events of September 11th. 

7. Virgil Quote

The engraving, “NO DAY SHALL ERASE YOU FROM THE MEMORY OF TIME,” is a famous quote from Virgil and is also displayed in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York. 

8. Survivor Tree

The Survivor Tree, a gift from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, is a seedling from the Callery pear tree, which survived the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. This 9/11 Memorial Survivor Tree Seedling is a living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth. 

9. red granite Ring

The learning centers are ringed by red granite, Wisconsin’s state stone. Surrounding the granite is a ring of Callery pear trees, a reflection of the Survivor Tree seedling. 

Limestone path surrounding the Memorial

10. Veterans' Area

The Veterans’ Area pays tribute to Washington County veterans who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. A memorial bench honors Kewaskum native Einor Ingman Jr., a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient.

11. Swamp Oak

A single swamp white oak tree is planted 754 inches from the center of the Memorial, the same number of miles that exist between New York City and Kewaskum.