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Local war memorial

Nishimoto orchestrates design for new
Brazos Valley War on Terror Memorial



In 2004, Texas A&M architecture professor Taeg Nishimoto was chosen by representatives from the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial and Arts Council of Brazos Valley to lead the design process creating a memorial dedicated to the fight against terrorism and honoring those who’ve perished and sacrificed in this global struggle.

The memorial, which encompasses a piece of the fallen World Trade Center, was erected at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial Park in College Station, Texas and dedicated amid a flurry of fanfare at a special May 30, 2005 ceremony.

The memorial’s centerpiece, a rusted metal girder from one of the collapsed towers, has a shape distinct to the tower structure. The artifact was presented as a gift to the members of Texas Task Force 1 from the Brazos Valley, who assisted with the search and rescue effort among the World Trade Center ruins.

The rusted steel beam stands upright amid a stylized design of one of the airplanes that toppled the buildings, and is elegantly surrounded by bent concrete columns that resemble the fallen towers in two footprints — one black, one white. A banked and curved path leads to the monument through and array of bushes, suggesting a plane flight from which there is no escape.

Representatives from the Arts Council of Brazos Valley and the Veterans Memorial collaborated to construct the memorial as a part of their master plan to create 12 monuments in the Veterans Park.

Read Bryan/College Station Eagle story on the War on Terror Memorial dedication:

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Taeg Nishimoto reads at the dedication for the new War on Terror memorial

The memorial was erected at the Brazos Valey Veterans Memorial Park in College Station

A rusted metal girder from one of the World Trade Center towers forms the memorial's centerpiece

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