KAYSVILLE -- After 10 years of never-give-up fundraising and multiple changes in concept design, a memorial dedicated to Utahns killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and subsequent war on terror is about to be built on Utah State University Botanical Center grounds.
Those honored will include "the first casualties of the war," Kaysville residents Mary Alice Wahlstrom and her daughter, Carolyn Beug, said Margaret Brough, an adult adviser with the Davis County Youth of Promise, which has been raising funds for the memorial.
Wahlstrom and Beug were on American Airlines Flight 11 when the hijacked commercial airliner crashed into the World Trade Center North Tower.
The memorial will also pay tribute to Brady Howell, a Centerville resident who was killed the same day when another hijacked airliner was crashed into the Pentagon, Brough said.
A special program and ceremony for the monument's dedication is set for 6:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the botanical center, 875 S. 50 West.
The monument will consist of five wall-mounted plaques, Brough said.
The plaques will bear inscriptions to the three Utah civilians killed in the 9/11 attacks, children's art done in memory of the event, the 58 "Utah Fallen Soldiers" who have been killed in the war on terror, a brief history of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and an inscription to the Davis County Youth of Promise.
"It has been a real effort for the Youth of Promise to raise money," Brough said of the service group made up of students in junior high and high school.
The memorial has been significantly scaled back from the original plan that would have cost $500,000. Brough said that concept included a reflecting pool and 3,000 blinking, fiber-optic lights in the walking path leading to the memorial.
"We've gone more simplistic," she said of the project that now is expected to cost $50,000.
That price tag does not include an additional $80,000 needed to erect a statue at the site, she said.
Space has been reserved for a statue depicting a firefighter on his knees, holding a baby in his arms and looking heavenward, she said.
"The symbolism of the statue is that the attack brought the United States to its knees, but we rose from it," Brough said. "The baby depicts the youth and that we are going to go on in the future."
Youth of Promise has been raising funds for the memorial since 2002. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on the one-year anniversary of the attacks, said Karlene Kidman, the group's adult adviser.
"We have been working on it for 10 years," Kidman said, adding that funding delays encountered throughout the process have discouraged some.
Initially, the public showed a desire to help, but some of that interest has waned over the years, she said.
"It's like it's not important. It's like it's old news," Kidman said of the attacks.
And when the economy took a downturn and many people no longer had enough money to support charities, it became increasingly difficult to solicit funds for the project, she said.
"It's been hard on the kids, but the concept and what it stands for has kept the (group) encouraged. We don't want anyone to forget what happened," Kidman said.
And now that the group has the funds, it is going ahead with the project.
"I like the concept. I feel bad that we are not going to have it at the big scale we were going to have," Kidman said.
Still, it will be nice, and "we can always add to it," she said.
Anyone who wants to participate in Youth of Promise or who wants to contribute to the memorial can call 801-668-3499.