Updated: 01/24/2013 1:51 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Columbia Heights city officials unveiled a memorial Thursday to commemorate the city as a place of peace and opportunity.
The Columbia Heights Community Heritage Tower is the third and final monument built since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. According to Mayor Gary Peterson, the monuments of peace serve as a reminder to citizens that they are safe and can live in harmony with others.
The first monument is the Clock Tower of Peace, which was constructed in June 2006 at 40th and Central Avenue. The clock has a time capsule that has messages of peace for future residents.
The Police and Fire Tribute was constructed in October 2009 at the new Public Safety Building. The statue is a reminder to residents that officers and firefighters are protecting the community.
The Columbia Heights Community Heritage Tower is being orchestrated by the Columbia Heights Activity Fund. To pay for the monument, several fundraising events will be taking place throughout the year. This includes a Fish Dinner in February, a Pancake Breakfast in the spring, and other corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the project can call 612-978-9858.