Planting Pride reaches goal for Decatur 9/11 Memorial funding

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Planting Pride fundraiser to benefit the Decatur 9/11 Memorial has achieved its goal, thanks to the generosity of the community.

Donations for the memorial was accepted at the Cromwell Radio parking lot from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on June 27.  Visitors were able to see the 13.5-foot I-beam from the fallen World Trade Centers before construction on the memorial begins.  Individuals who donated $20 received a flower, and will have a tulip bulb planted at the memorial to represent their donation.

It appeared that the fundraiser would come up short, but a $5,000 donation at the last minute helped reach the final goal.  The memorial's construction is estimated to cost $240,000, and will be fully funded due to donations from the community.  For more information about the Decatur 9/11 Memorial, click here.

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