Trade Center beams to form KU memorial
from the rubble of the World Trade Center towers, two steel
beams from the structures are now at KU and will form a Sept.
11 memorial at the university's Dole Institute of Politics
The two beams 10 1/2 feet long and 4 feet in diameter
will be displayed near the reflecting pool in front
of the institute's building now under construction.
"The Dole Institute is all about service," said
Richard Norton Smith, presidential historian and director
of the Dole Institute. "We're trying to make a visual
connection between the sacrifices of the World War II generation
and the sacrifices of the current generation."
Dole, the former U.S. senator and Republican presidential
candidate from Russell, approached the office of New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a month ago. In making the request,
Dole reminded City Hall of KU's generous response at the time
of the terrorist attacks the student body raised more
than $30,000 in two days, and sales of a "United We Stand"
T-shirt and pin featuring the 1941 Jayhawk mascot raised more
than $50,000 to help provide scholarships for the children
of Sept. 11 victims.
Dole Institute rendering provided courtesy
of ASAI Architects
Weighing roughly 1,500 pounds each, the beams now at KU were
cut to the Dole Institute's specifications. As such, they
are about five times larger than sections given to other communities
that have requested pieces for local memorials.
The institute's 28,000-square-foot home, located on KU's
West Campus, will be dedicated on July 22, 2003, Dole's 80th
birthday. The Sept. 11 memorial likely will be dedicated on
the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks, later that