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Final touches being put on new 9/11 memorial in Graham

A new memorial to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. was undergoing its final work on Friday afternoon in downtown Graham.

Prior to installation, the piece of steel could be seen beside Whit’s Frozen Custard at 21 S.E. Court Square in Graham.

The memorial will be located on the southeast corner of Court Square, beside the Whit’s Frozen Custard store at 21 S.E. Court Square.

The monument, designed by David Nance, a local sculptor and artist, was being assembled by Cameron Maricle and Jamaal Williamson of CM Mobile Welding, with assistance from Jay Talley.

CM Mobile Welding’s owner, Cameron Maricle, is assisted by Jamaal Williamson in installing the steel beam from the Twin Towers in New York City, which is the center of the new memorial. Below, Jay Talley assists in raising, lowering, and gently moving, the steel structure prior to completing the installation.

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The metalwork company is owned by Maricle, which has recently located in downtown Graham at the corner of North Main Street and East Harden Street.

The center of the memorial, entitled “Together We Rise,” is a 5-foot piece of steel beam salvaged from the debris of the World Trade Centers in New York.

The beam will be surrounded by life-size images of first responders cut out of steel and powder coated.

The memorial is being dedicated to the nearly 3,000 victims who perished on September 11, 2001 and to the first responders who were willing to sacrifice their lives to save others.

A service dedicating the Graham memorial, and commemorating 9/11/2001, will be held Saturday, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Local 9/11 services planned for Saturday, September 11, 2021:  https://alamancenews.com/9-11-services-scheduled-for-saturday-in-graham-and-burlington/

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