California 9-11 Memorial unveils expansion; Twin Towers and Pentagon replicas, and bronze statue

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For Andy Isolano, the emotions surrounding September 11th came early this year.

“Saw all the names of the friends that I lost,” Isolano said. “It hits home.”

Isolano was a firefighter in New York almost two decades ago.

“Those of us that got off that morning, hopped on a spare engine and headed in,” Isolano remembers. “We heard, going over the bridge, ‘mayday mayday, tower two’s going down.'”

Years later, his response remembered in stone and rock here in Clovis, at the California 9-11 Memorial.

The half-million dollar additions all privately funded, according to the nonprofit’s Executive Director Anna Borgeas.

The tributes revealed Monday, just days before the yearly remembrance, including Twin Towers, a 1/100th-scale Pentagon, and, a bronze statue.

The additions honoring all who lost their lives, but now with a new mission: to honor, educate and remember.

“This is really a living museum, for students to come to, to learn about, read the storyboards,” Borgeas said. “See the names of the first responders who, who answered the call of duty when, when most people would’ve run away.”

“The tagline back in 2001 was ‘Never Forget,'” Clovis Fire Department Captain Jim Stemler said. “This memorial will help prevent that from happening.”

Now, for those too young to remember, the chance to learn.

“If one of them decides to make it their life’s work to prevent something like this from ever happening, then it’s worth it,” Isolano said.

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