12th Man makes sobering sightseeing stop at 9/11 memorial

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 8:20 PM

There aren’t a lot of peaceful places in Manhattan, where the sun's not blocked by skyscrapers.

Of course, it didn't used to be like that at the site of the 9/11 memorial in New York City.

Stephanie Van Wyk, a Seahawks fan from Yakima, brought her son 12-year-old son Braden to the memorial site.

"This is something you have to come see, it's history," said Van Wyk.

She said she was impressed by the two cascading pools in the foundations left empty by the World Trade Towers.

Northwesterners don't have to travel to New York City to pay their respects to 9/11 victims. A number of cities have established 9/11 memorials.

The Gig Harbor Firefighters' Association is raising funds to build a memorial featuring a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

Lieutenant Kent Cooper travelled to New York City in 2011 to bring back the 986 pound piece of metal.

"I'm a firm believer in our history teaches us," said Cooper, who is helping with the fundraising efforts.

The proposed site in Gig Harbor would be a smaller version of New York City's, complete with the names of the 2,977 victims.

"It weighs heavily on me that we haven't completed the project yet," said Cooper. "Every day."

If you would like to donate to The Gig Harbor 9/11 Memorial Project, go to https://www.facebook.com/GigHarborFire

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