September 11 Memorial Plaza

Piece from tower, 9/11 Memorial at Cal Expo

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.

In observance of the September 11 attack of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Cal Expo September 11 Memorial Plaza will not be open to the public on Friday, September 11, 2020, due to COVID-19.

The Memorial Service has been moved to the California Firefighters Memorial in Capitol Park between 13th and 14th Streets. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to attend the Memorial Ceremony hosted by the California Mexican American Veterans Memorial Foundation and the Brotherhood American Combat Veterans.

Twin Towers, 9/11 Memorial at Cal Expo
Names of those lost, 9/11 Memorial at Cal Expo

The memorial at Cal Expo honors the victims lost 18 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.

This video looks at the lives and locations of three people who were affected by the events of September 11, 2001.

The three interviewees in this video share where they were on 9/11, where they are 15 years later, and how 9/11 brought them to where they are today.

Some may wonder why the Memorial is at Cal Expo and how it came to be?

It was a project of passion for one man – Larry Davis.

This video tells his story of making sure people “Never Forget” the tragedies of September 11, 2001.