9/11 Memorials in Colorado Springs
On June 19, 2010, the Fort Carson memorial was dedicated in a special ceremony that included members of the New York Fire Department’s Pipe & Drums Corps. The memorial stands outside Gate 1, where it is accessible to the public.
United States Northern Command
On May 18, 2010, NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command dedicated this memorial outside the U.S. Northern Command Headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base. The design of this memorial incorporates a World Trade Center Beam that is oriented towards New York City at its center, and a pentagon shape at its base that is filled with dirt from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, thus memorializing all three sites that were attacked on 9/11.
Schriever Air Force Base
On April 26, 2010, Schriever AFB presented its World Trade Center artificial to the men and women of the base. As personnel lined both sides of Falcon Way, the beam was towed beneath a water bridge provided by the Base Fire Department in a solemn and touching ceremony.
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station
In August 2010, an artifact was donated to the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. The base invited engineering students from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to create the memorial’s design. On September 12, 2011, Cheyenne Mountain unveiled the memorial outside the base’s headquarters building. The beam, located at the center of the memorial, is oriented towards the UCCS campus, which also houses another 9/11 memorial as a symbolic recognition of the partnership in design.
United States Air Force Academy
On September 9, 2011, the United States Air Force Academy dedicated a memorial that stands on the Quadrangular, in the shadows on the famous Academy Chapel. The memorial is comprised of Colorado granite towers that are connected to a pentagon shaped base. The towers hold a twisted piece of steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center.
Mountain Post Historical Center
In January 2010, a piece of the World Trade Center - donated by the NY/NJ Port Authority - was reserved for Captain Dowdell of the 1st Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Carson. Captain Dowdell’s father was a New York Firefighter who died in the World Trade Center on September 2011. When he deployed to Afghanistan in July 2010, Captain Dowdell erected a memorial outside his Forward Operating Base. Upon his return, the artifact found residence at the Mountain Post Historical Center.
United States Olympic Committee
On May 29, 2010, the United States Olympic Committee was granted pieces from the World Trade Center for the purpose of building a stand for the torch to be used in the 1st Warrior Games. Following the games, it found a permanent home at the USOC Training Center.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
On September 12, 2011, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs dedicated a 9/11 memorial on its campus. The design incorporates a fragment of steel from the World Trade Center that was donated by the NY City Fire Department. The steal beam is oriented towards its sister memorial at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.