9/11 PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICE MEMORIAL
Some say pride in America isn't what it used to be. In Gibsonburg, Ohio, we beg to differ. We welcome you to visit our small town in middle America, where American flags still gently wave in the breeze and locals wave to friends and strangers alike. Several years ago a local sculptor by the name of Jim Havens, a retired steel worker, had a vision.
He knew that his ambitions were big and that it would take a community rallying together to pull it off. Jim formed a committee, partnered with the village of Gibsonburg and soon, the plans were in place to create a one of a kind memorial.
It’s not just any memorial, but a memorial made from sacred steel that was recovered from the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. With the Help of Marc Glotzbecker and many other community leaders, 3 years of emails, phone calls and planning paid off. On September 11th, 2016, the Public Safety Services Memorial was dedicated as a tribute to the 9/11 tragedy, the victims who died on that frightful day and to our Nation's First Responders. Located in beautiful Williams Park, the memorial incorporates a 7000 pound piece of steel that came from the antenna of the North World Trade Center. This sacred piece of iron is artfully arranged in the memorial in a theme that incorporates all angles of the 9/11 tragedy. Visually, you will see the Pentagon and Flight 93 in addition to the Trade Centers influence on the artist’s design. While fundamentally it is a 9/11 memorial, it is designed to recognize and honor the dedication, service and sacrifices of Police, Fire, EMS and other Public Safety Services Personnel from everywhere who work to make their communities better places for everyone.
The Memorial is FREE to visit and is open dusk to dawn daily, year round. When visiting the memorial there are other interesting sculptures in Williams Park that were also made by the PSSM artist, Jim Havens. You can walk around the quarry trail and enjoy the many beautiful structures that we call Sculpture in the Village.
Shown above is the antenna section used in the Public Safety Service Memorial being loaded by the NC/NJ Port Authority onto a flat bed truck before it began the 600+ mile journey back to Gibsonburg, Ohio
Shown above is a diagram of where the 7000 lb. section of the North World Trade Center Antenna used in the Public Safety Service Memorial came from. The Section of mangled steel in Gibsonburg, Ohio would have connected to the large section of the antenna on display in NYC at the 9/11 museum. (Shown Below)
This is a photo of the inside of the restored barn area that is now available for rental for your group function or event.
9/11 Public Safety Service Memorial photo gallery, use arrows below to scroll
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This location is open year-round, dusk to dawn and can be visited by leisure travelers or booked as a group experience. for group tours we typically combine with the Sculpture in the Village, tour and or a visit to the North Coast Veteran Museum, both located in Williams Park, where the 9/11, Public Safety Service Memorial is also located.
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60 minutes to Cedar Point Amusement Park
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Downloadable PDF Information Sheet about 9/11 PSSM
9/11 Public Safety Service Memorial
145-199 E Stone St,
Gibsonburg, OH 43431
Sandusky County Visitors Bureau
712 North Street
Fremont, Ohio 43420
Telephone: (419) 332-4470
712 North Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420 | 419-332-4470 or toll free 800-255-8070 | Fax 419-332-4359