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Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial in Kewaskum could be "On the Map"
Senator Stroebel, Representative Ramthun announce legislation to create Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Highway

Flanked by the family and friends of Andrea Lyn Haberman, one of 2,977 lost on September 11, 2001, Senator Duey Stroebel and Representative Timothy Ramthun announced legislation to create the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Highway, permit directional signs to the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial in Kewaskum, and place the memorial on official Wisconsin maps.

The event began with a moment of silence at 9:28am - the exact time the north tower collapsed; Andrea was on the 92nd floor.

"With the foresight and support of Senator Stroebel and Representative Ramthum in sponsoring the bill to designate a portion of Highway 28 on state maps as the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Highway, visitors will be directed to this important touchstone to an event which altered the course of our country eighteen years ago today," said Gordon Haberman, father of Andrea and president of the volunteer memorial organizing committee, Kewaskum Remembers.

Haberman's family story was told in the 2011 book, Just a Few Sleeps Away: A Family's Discovery of Good and Evil in the Aftermath of 9/11, by Milwaukee author Mike Nichols.

"As Americans, it is tremendously important that we never forget the attacks of September 11, 2001," said Representative Ramthun, "With this bill, our goal is increase awareness of a place where people can learn about and reflect on the September 11 attacks and all those impacted. A place not just for Kewaskum or Washington County, but for the entire state as well."

Also speaking at the press conference were Washington County Administrator Joshua Schoemann, Kewaskum Statesman Publisher and Gold Star Father Andrew Johnson, and New York Ground Zero Volunteer and Jefferson County resident Vicki Milbrath. Stroebel and Ramthun are joined by bill co-authors Senator Alberta Darling, Representatives Robert Brooks, Rick Gundrum and Janel Brandtjen.

Wisconsinites may become part of the memorial by buying a brick on the memorial's website: wisconsin911memorial.com.