Twin Towers steel sent for memorials across America
By Paula Rogo
NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks nears, workers at an airplane hangar filled with World Trade Center steel have dispatched charred hunks of metal to towns across America for building memorials.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the steel left behind when the World Trade Center collapsed, has already dispatched thousands of artifacts and is hoping to fill hundreds of last minute requests before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, when many memorials will be unveiled.
"These serve as centerpieces of history for towns all over the country," said Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
"The public will have access to this piece of history displayed with honor, dignity and respect."
The most iconic pieces, such as the last standing column of the World Trade Center and a FDNY Engine 3 fire truck, will be on display at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum when it opens on September 11 this year.
Most of the 1,200 pieces of steel the program began with have been dispatched to fire departments, police departments, and cities from 50 states and five countries which requested a piece of World Trade Center metal.
"People have short memories," said Frank Byrnes, at the hangar to help escort a piece of steel donated to the St. James Fire District on New York's Long Island. "If it raises public awareness, even after 10 years, then it's great."
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