The terror attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon could soon be memorialized at Aberdeen's Festival Park.

City officials are hoping to build a memorial to the Sept. 11 centered around a piece of the destroyed World Trade Center that was acquired by the Aberdeen Heritage Trust, Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett said.


The memorial would be built to the right of the pavilion at Festival Park, he said.

It would include a small structure around the piece of metal, and Bennett said he has proposed a semi-circular wall that increases in size.

The Aberdeen Heritage Trust would pay for most of the project but the city may contribute funds as well, he said.

City Manager Doug Miller said at a work session Monday that he hopes city officials and elected officials can help raise money for the project.

It would be the second public memorial for the Sept. 11 attacks in Harford County; the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company dedicated one in front of its Dublin station in 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

The Darlington memorial also features a piece of the fallen World Trade Center. The estimated cost for that monument was $12,000.

The Heritage Trust obtained a "twisted and burnt" piece of steel beam from Ground Zero as part of a program that distributes the pieces to non-profits nationwide.

Judy Hinch, a Heritage Trust member and treasurer for the Aberdeen Fire Department, said the group hopes to build the memorial by Sept. 11 this year.

The project will be designed by Marta Noe, who also designed the Sept. 11 memorial in Dublin. Hinch said it is too soon to say how much it will cost.

The piece of steel will be enclosed in some kind of brick structure but will be open so people can touch it, she said.

The Trust also hopes to have the city, county and national flags, as well as trees, surrounding it.

The Trust was expecting to meet Thursday with the mayor to discuss the plans further.

"We thought it would add a place in the park where you can sit and reflect on 9/11 and the sacrifice the policemen, the firefighters and civilians made," Hinch said. "People in the city can go and have a place to sit, and be out in nature."

The memorial is one of two projects in the works for Festival Park. The city has been busy planning a "splash pad," or play fountain, to further attract residents.