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Public invited to expanded Cal Expo 9/11 memorial

Elizabeth Wong, of Sacramento, photographs the sphere with the names of the people who died in the 9/11 attacks.
Elizabeth Wong, of Sacramento, photographs the sphere with the names of the people who died in the 9/11 attacks. Sacramento Bee file

The 9/11 memorial at Cal Expo, open to the public on Friday, features new elements to honor those killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the public can visit a memorial at Cal Expo to honor the victims on the 14th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, Flight 93 and the Pentagon.

Memorial Plaza at Cal Expo is a permanent outdoor exhibit to mark the tragedy. This year, high school students of the statewide Architecture, Construction and Engineering after-school mentoring program have crafted handmade benches from a variety of wood and materials at the memorial to help visitors reflect on the events of that day.

Also new is a display of more than 1,000 newspapers from the day after the attack showing the headlines across the country.

A year after the attack, Cal Expo board member Larry Davis secured 125,000 pounds of wreckage, including a massive I-beam from the World Trade Center’s North Tower at ground zero. Names of those killed are inscribed on a granite ball at the center of the exhibit.

Visitors on Friday should enter Cal Expo using the main gate. Admission and parking in Lot B are free.

Mariam Baksh: 916-321-1673 @mariambaksh

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