TENINO, Wash. - The founder of the Spirit of America Foundation that created a 9/11 memorial is upset the sculpture has been rejected again.
John Jackson of Tenino had hoped the monument would be installed near the Capitol in Olympia. But he says that plan was rejected by the state Department of Enterprise Services on the basis it was of national, not state, significance. Now, a proposal to put the sculpture in a Kirkland park was rejected by the city council.
The monument displays four bronze figures holding hands in a circle and includes steel from the World Trade Center and concrete from the Pentagon.
Jackson told The Chronicle the sculpture received positive comments on a tour of Eastern Washington, but he thinks people in Western Washington are too self-centered.