GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--Just by glancing at the Twin Tower replica's along the Fox River in Downtown, you can't see the damage the 9/11 memorial has sustained.
But up close, you can see the base of the monument has cracks that go almost two feet long.
The memorial, constructed in 2005, started showing damage in 2008. There are several cracks in the granite at the base of the monument, and the names displayed are starting to fade.
"There's some structural problems with it, water is allowed to get behind the granite which is mounted on the front, which has caused the granite to crack," said Chad Bronkhorst, President of Local 141 Fire Union, "also the granite has faded because it's the wrong grade granite, it needs to be fixed up, it almost has to have a complete makeover."
The city is currently in control of the monument. They were given control of it after the woman who started the effort to build it, Barb Jack, turned it over to them.
Jack was a part of a committee that helped build the memorial. That committee has since disbanded, and the memorial has sat damaged for years now.
"The condition it's in right now, it's sad, it's very sad," said Bronkhorst, "it was an important day for the entire united states not just the fire service."
The city doesn't plan to use tax-payer dollars to do the renovations that are needed. Bronkhorst and the Local 141 have recently started a charitable foundation, and one of the first projects they plan to do is fix the monument. They say they need to fundraise in the $30,000 range, in order to make the repairs.
One of the people helping them has been involved with the memorial since it's unveiling, Lt. Joe Torillo from the FDNY, and a survivor of the 9/11 attacks.
"We really need a lot of help and a lot of support and consideration from the people of Wisconsin," said Lt. Torillo, "the granite has to be replaced, it's sad but it happened."
Lt. Torillo thinks $30,000 to remember the victims and survivors of those fateful attacks, is not a lot to ask from the people of Wisconsin.
"September 11,2001 in my words is the day that redefined America in so many different ways," said Lt. Torillo, "in the state of Wisconsin there were residents who were working in the trade centers, who were killed, so that makes it a lot more personal."
Bronkhorst said they are planning events to hopefully raise enough funds to fix the monument by the 12th anniversary of 9/11.