History behind a mid-Missouri memorial dates back to 9/11 terror attacks

9 months 1 week 2 days ago Monday, September 11 2017 Sep 11, 2017 Monday, September 11, 2017 6:55:00 PM CDT September 11, 2017 in News
By: Daniel Esteve, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

KINGDOM CITY – The Sept. 11 terror attacks stopped everything its tracks, including a Missouri monument that never quite made it to its final destination.

The Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri’s Fire Fighter in Prayer statue is not the first of its kind. The original made its way to New York City after being constructed in Italy. The kneeling firefighter statue was set to arrive in November via ocean-liner. Instead, the statue was shipped via airliner and arrived in New York earlier than expected on Sept. 9, 2001.

The terror attacks on 9/11 stopped the statue’s delivery to Missouri. Dr. Ron Baker, treasurer on the Fire Fighter’s Memorial Foundation of Missouri Board, said the statue never quite made it to its final destination, because it was already home.

“Instead of shipping it to Missouri, the firefighters in Missouri, as well as the factory in Italy, said let’s leave it in New York as a tribute to the 343 firefighters that died in that tragic event,” Baker said. “So that statue is now on permanent display just a few blocks from ground zero.”

A new replica was dedicated in Kingdom City on May 18, 2002. The memorial features the names of all Missouri firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“A lot of people don’t know that the memorial is here even though thousands of people drive by,” Baker added. “It's paying tribute not only to the firefighters in New York, but the firefighters in Missouri too.”

Kingdom City hopes to add an additional museum adjacent to the memorial, but plans have been halted due to a lack of funding. Baker noted the board has obtained about two-thirds of the funds needed to build the museum.

Until then, the memorial still stands, and Baker said he hopes that more people will experience all that the memorial has to offer.

“There is a lot more than just a statue,” Baker said. “It is a way of paying tribute and honor to those men and women who served [in the past] 100 years or more in Missouri.”

To donate to the Fire Fighters Memorial Association of Missouri, visit the website by clicking here.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A statewide campaign encourages expecting mothers to monitor their infant's movement in the womb. The Missouri... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 4:14:00 AM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - After months of tension between citizens and city officials, the city council met for the first time... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:30:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
AUXVASSE - Police in Auxvasse posted a warning on Facebook Wednesday about unlicensed salesmen in the area, but the company... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:15:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is changing some of its rules and regulations to offer more leave and layoff... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 5:34:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Supreme Court ruling that allows states to charge online retailers sales tax has Columbia businesses rejoicing. ... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 5:18:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A judge has decided in favor of University of Missouri graduate students who want to unionize. The... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:37:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
HUNTSVILLE – A man accused of killing a Moberly woman five years ago is found guilty of murder in the... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:01:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in Top Stories
WASHINGTON - Gov. Mike Parson met with President Donald Trump Thursday to discuss Missouri's top priorities. “I appreciate President... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:51:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri mental health advocates showed up at a meeting Thurday to voice their concerns about budget cuts... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:32:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Although "Shwe Market International Foods" mainly sells Asian products and "Chihuahua Mexican Market" Hispanic products, both stores have... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:34:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU has appointed Latha Ramchand as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. She was dean... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:01:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man and woman Wednesday after a reported robbery with a gun earlier in the week.... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:00:35 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
PINEVILLE (AP) — A husband and wife from southwestern Missouri have been ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for cashing... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:22:42 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Fashion designer Kate Spade will be buried Thursday in Kansas City, where she was born.... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:36:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The black bear population in Missouri is growing, and with the growth comes an increased chance for a... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:19:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU received a one million dollar grant as part of an inclusive initiative from the Howard Hughes Medical... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:18:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
NEW YORK - All Mizzou fan's eyes are on the NBA draft, which begins Thursday night, and who will pick... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Last week, a giant dust storm on Mars took up about a quarter of the Red Planet. Now,... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:26:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 65°
7am 65°
8am 67°
9am 69°
10am 69°