Lisbon Fire Department Lieutenant Mark Meyer proposed the idea of Lisbon obtaining a piece of World Trade Center Steel for public display. Tentative plans and conceptual drawings were put in place for constructions of a formal 9-11 Memorial, by the initial 9-11 Memorial Committee members; Park Superintendent Greiten, (then) Administrator/Clerk Musche, and (then) Chairman Gehrke for construction of a formal 9-11 Memorial in the Town of Lisbon.
In December 2010, the Lisbon Town Board approved spending $3,000 seed money for the Memorial; the only taxpayer money that was used in the Memorial construction. On March 28, 2011, the nearly two-ton piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers arrive in Lisbon and serves as the centerpriece of the Memorial. (Then) DPW Director Joe Klemm, oversaw the Memorial's aggressive construction time frame of four months after groundbreaking.
On May 2017, 2011, the groundbreaking ceremony was held with representatives from the main financial sponsor, Lannon Stone Products, and members of an expanded 9-11 Committee which included Fire Chief Brahm, Mark Meyer, Patrick Noll, Bill Swift, Bob Schiellack, and Becky Plotecher. The summer of 2011 saw the hill south of the Lisbon Town Hall go through a great transformation. On most days, Joe Klemm, Louie Weinhandl, and Bill Mattson could be found working on the Memorial's construction. Doug Brahm took a lead role in working with Merbeth Metal Products to develop the Twin Towers, which are the centerpiece of the Memorial at nighttime. With major support from Halquist Stone Company and many others, the Memorial was completed.
On September 11, 2011, the Memorial's formal dedication was held. A crowd estimated as large as 2,000 listened to keynote speaker US Senator Ron Johnson and joined the Shepherd of the Hills Choir in singing "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America".
We thank area businesses and residents who donated the majority of the labor and materials that went into the Memorial's construction. To date, fundraising efforts have brought in nearly $60,000, allowing the creation of a long-term 9-11 Memorial Preservation Fund and construction of additional to the Memorial in future years.
This Memorial has different meanings to different people. Some people visit to pay respect to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Other people visit to pay respect to those who have volunteered to serve our Country. It is our hope that the Memorial offers a place to visit and reflect on how the people of our great Country came together in the face of adversity.
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