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Twin Towers, Pentagon Replicas Planned for 9-11 Memorial in Clovis



Photo of wreaths and memorial marker in Clovis, California, commemorating the 9-11 terrorist attacks
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Work begins Thursday on an expansion of the California 9-11 Memorial in Clovis that will include scaled replicas of the Twin Towers and Pentagon, a bronze statue of first responders, and a water feature representing design elements of the National 9-11 Memorial in New York.


“We believe that this memorial will beautifully represent America’s spirit of bravery, honor, and service.” — California 9-11 Memorial board chairman Jerry Cook
In addition, there will be storyboards to educate future generations about the terrorist attacks and airline hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, according to the memorial’s board of directors. The Twin Towers and Pentagon replicas will be built on a 1/100th scale.
The group hopes to have the expansion completed in time for this year’s remembrance event.

Private Donations Will Pay for Expansion

When the expansion is complete, the memorial will be fully ADA compliant. All costs of the expansion are being paid by private donations, the memorial board said.
The expansion also incorporates the position of the sun to cast light on the bronze statue at the exact time of the first attack (8:45 a.m.) in New York and a shadow on the Pentagon at the exact site of the impact there.
“We are honored to be working with such a committed group of citizens to realize this Memorial expansion,” said Jerry Cook, the board chairman. “We believe that this memorial will beautifully represent America’s spirit of bravery, honor, and service. As a board, we work to ensure that our community will never forget the events of 9-11 and with this expansion, we will continue to remember, honor, and educate.”
Construction fencing will go up this week at the memorial, which is at 3500 Never Forget Lane. Heavy equipment will begin a demolition that leaves only the flag pole and the Memorial stone.

McDonald Spearheaded the Memorial

Former Pelco CEO David McDonald led the effort to create the California 9-11 Memorial to honor and remember the 2,977 people killed. After the attacks, he flew planes to New York City that picked up first-responders and brought them back to the Valley for an event honoring their heroism.
McDonald, a philanthropist whose work touched many in Fresno County, died Jan. 2 of this year.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email