This article was updated at 7:10 a.m. Sept. 30 to correct a quote.
CASHMERE — A memorial statue honoring the victims and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be on temporary display here next week, but could find a permanent home in Cashmere if funding and community support come together.
The Spirit of America Memorial, a life-size bronze statue now on tour through eastern Washington, will be part of festivities during Apple Days, the annual celebration of the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village set for Oct. 5 and 6.
Plans aren’t yet firm, but organizers said that ceremonies commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks will be held at the statue around 4 p.m. each day. Local American Legion and VFW posts are expected to participate.
The statue will also be on display Nov. 9 to 11 in Wenatchee for Veterans Day activities and again in Cashmere on Nov. 12 for the Cashmere School District’s salute to veterans.
The Vancouver-based Spirit of America Memorial Foundation has sought a permanent home for the statue, and is favoring a location in eastern Washington, said Joan Baldwin, a spokeswoman for the local museum.
It’s possible that Cashmere could become home base for the memorial, she said, if enough support is found.
The bronze artwork consists of a circle of four life-sized figures — a military person, a fireman, an office worker and a flight attendant — representing those who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
A vacant fifth position in the circle denotes those missing and assumed killed in the attacks. The blank space allows visitors to step into the circle and join hands with the other figures.
The memorial also includes a section of a metal beam from the Twin Towers, destroyed in the attacks, and a stone facade piece from the top of the Pentagon building, which was heavily damaged.
“The memorial will educate the public and future generations so that our collective consciousness will not forget the tragedy, bravery and spirit of our nation,” said a press release from the Spirit of America Foundation.
For more information on the statue, visit spiritofamericafoundation.com.