September 11th Memorial, The Avenue Viera, Viera, FL

9/11 Memorial at The Avenue Viera

The Avenue Viera has always offered a unique, one-of-a-kind outdoor shopping and dining experience for patrons, but now it is also home to a piece of hallowed American history.

In May of 2017, the Avenue was given the honor of becoming the new home for the WTC 9/11 I-Beam. The seven-foot long, one-ton steel beam was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

When construction on the World Trade Center began in 1968, much of the welding and bolting was done on-site with prefabricated parts in order to reduce time and costs. The resulting beams were used in each of the World Trade Center buildings.

The WTC 9/11 I-Beam was previously located at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Fire Station 1 where is has been since 2015 after the Kennedy Space Center Fire Fighters and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America petitioned the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for a piece of World Trade Center steel to serve as a memorial.

The new location was chosen in order to allow the public more viewing access.

The memorial beam rests on two miniature towers representing the Twin Towers. It is located on the grounds of a newly constructed park in front of a fountain and across from AMC Avenue 16.

Three flags were also raised in the park, the United States flag, the Florida State flag and the Avenue Viera flag. In addition, two plaques were mounted – one recounting the history of the event and another to honor New York City fire fighters. Additional plaques will be added in the future.

Fire Department of New York Memorial Plaque

Organizers of this memorial hope the spot will provide a place for quiet contemplation and the opportunity to honor all the victims of the terrorist attacks.