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September 11 Memorial Plaza

The construction of the memorial at Cal Expo began a year after the attack when Cal Expo board member Larry Davis personally acquired and donated to Cal Expo 125,000 pounds of wreckage from the World Trade Center. A massive I-beam extracted from Ground Zero, which had been a horizontal support beam from the North Tower, was among the debris. Davis personally arranged to be shipped via rail to California.

Through private donations to the California State Fair Memorial Plaza Foundation, a 501c(3), the exhibit has been expanded to include additional elements. Central to the exhibit is a beautiful fountain including a granite ball inscribed with all of the names of the September 11 victims. Additional features include a carillon bell tower, reflections of the World Trade Center, and individual memorials to Flight #77 which crashed into the Pentagon and Flight #93 aborted in a field in Pennsylvania.

This permanent structure at Cal Expo is open to the public during the California State Fair, on September 11 each year, and upon request of the Administration/Event Planning Departments. For additional information visit: or contact 916-263-1477.