In small cities nationwide, a rush of projects started soon after the 2001 attacks to build memorials have sputtered as costs have ballooned and the economic downturn has depressed government and private support, according to the Associated Press.
Hundreds of small memorials have sprouted in the past 10 years, but numerous communities have scaled back or abandoned such projects, and many monuments remain unfinished, the news service says.
Meanwhile, even ambitious efforts like the national memorial in Shanksville, Pa., to mark the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 have struggled. It still needs $10-million.
Memorials started to grow popular in the 1980s as way to commemorate key events, says Erika Doss, a University of Notre Dame professor. “People think if they can make a memorial, they can come to terms with what happened.”