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Posted: 7:22 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013
NAPA, Calif. —
Plans to build a 9/11 memorial in downtown Napa have created a stir, not because of the memorial itself, but because of a flier circulating that promotes an upcoming fundraiser.The centerpiece of the memorial, 30 tons of steel from the World Trade Center, goes in next week and the project needs another $14,000 in donations."We're looking at this not only to memorialize the event, but also for people to take a look at it and to start healing their own wounds," said Jim Asbury, with the Napa 9/11 Memorial Project.Napa's 9/11 memorial is less than three months away from completion, and a group called Napa-4-ward, which includes a city councilman and the artist who designed the memorial are holding a fundraiser.The group put out a flier with its eyebrow-raising headline: "Celebrating Napa's 30-ton erection.""I don't know who came up with the title, but anyone could have come up with something other than that, that would have made more sense," said Lola Ellwein. Sounding contrite on the phone Friday, City Councilman Alfredo Pedroza -- who was partly responsible for the flier -- said they knew folks would look at it twice.He added that he didn't expect it to stir up this much controversy. He said this flier is pulling attention away from the project.The World Trade Center steel is being installed next Wednesday morning starting at 7 a.m.
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