Madera Co. to build new 9/11 memorial with a piece of solemn history

Madera County’s upcoming memorial recognizing the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will have a special element like few others: a piece of the fallen World Trade Center towers.

Tuesday, Madera County Supervisors unanimously approved the acceptance of a steel beam from the towers.

Sims Metal, an international metal recycling company, is donating the beam to Madera County.

The county became aware of an opportunity to receive the beam last December, which will range from 10 to 13 feet in length.

Sims Metal will transport the beam from Richmond, California to Madera on May 29 with an escort in coordination with the California Highway Patrol, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1081 and the Department of California American Legion Riders.

The county will house the steel beam at the 9/11 memorial that will be located at the Madera County Courthouse Park. 

Currently, Courthouse Park already has memorials for World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Madera County Centennial, the Air Force and Madera County law enforcement. 

The park also has an existing memorial honoring the victims of 9/11. 

But the county’s new 9/11 memorial will not only honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the attacks, but the local Madera County fire fighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. 

Melton Design Group is designing the new memorial at no cost to the county. 

The county expects the memorial to be completed and revealed during the 2022 Old Timer’s Parade, which takes place annually in September.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at