In observance of the September 11 attack of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Cal Expo 9/11 Memorial Plaza will open to the general public September 11, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The memorial at Cal Expo honors the victims lost 15 years ago. Admission and parking are free.
Central to the exhibit is a beautiful fountain including a granite sphere inscribed with all of the names of the September 11 victims, as well as a carillon bell tower, reflections of the World Trade Center, and individual memorials to American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93, aborted in a field in Pennsylvania.
Construction of the Cal Expo memorial began a year after the attack, when Cal Expo board member Larry Davis personally acquired and donated 125,000 pounds of wreckage from the World Trade Center. A massive I-beam extracted from Ground Zero, which had been a horizontal support beam from the North Tower, was among the debris. Davis personally arranged for the wreckage to be shipped via rail to California. Through private donations to the 501(c)(3) California State Fair Memorial Plaza Foundation, the exhibit has been expanded to include additional elements.
This permanent structure at Cal Expo is open to the public during the California State Fair, on September 11 each year, and upon request by contacting our Administration/Event Planning Departments. For additional information, contact 916-263-3000.