Utah Fallen Warriors to bring artifact from World Trade Center to Moab on Oct. 2
by Laura Haley
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A 4.5-ton stone from the World Trade Center will pass through Moab on Oct. 2 as part of a traveling memorial that is raising money for the Utah Fallen Warriors Memorial. The stone will be making several stops across the state before returning to the Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City.
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A 4.5-ton stone from the World Trade Center will pass through Moab on Oct. 2 as part of a traveling memorial that is raising money for the Utah Fallen Warriors Memorial. The stone will be making several stops across the state before returning to the Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City. Courtesy photo
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A 4.5-ton stone block from the World Trade Center buildings will be on display at the Spanish Trail Arena from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 2.

The stone is part of a traveling memorial designed to raise money for the Utah Fallen Warriors Memorial. The memorial will be making several stops across the state before returning to the Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City.

According to the Utah Fallen Warriors (UFW) website, the Fort Douglas Military Museum, located on the University of Utah campus was one of two sites chosen to receive a large artifact from Ground Zero.

The 4.5-ton rock is made up of concrete, aggregate rock and steel rebar. The block is a portion of the slurry wall that was located seven stories underground the center to protect the building from flooding from the nearby Hudson River, according to information from the Fallen Warriors website.

Raette Belcher, the executive director of the memorial, owns a business in Park City, Utah. According to her biography on the website, she became involved with the project after meeting a group of mothers who had lost sons or daughters to the war on terrorism.

“The task I have taken on has been significant, and we have expended time, resources and energy to recruit corporate donors to build the memorial park at Fort Douglas Military Museum where everyone would be welcome and could show respect for Utah’s Fallen Warriors,” she said.

The group plans to make the WTC artifact the centerpiece of the memorial, which is intended to pay tribute to Utah soldiers who have served in the military from World War I to the present time.

More information on the artifact and memorial can be found online at www.utahsfallenwarriors.com.


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