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Piece of World Trade Center comes to Raleigh

Posted July 24, 2011

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— A piece of steel from the World Trade Center destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was at the center of a memorial service in Raleigh Sunday morning.

Local first responders, county officials and the public were on hand to welcome a 14-by-14 inch, 120-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center on a national tour. The memorial took place at 11 a.m. in Nash Square, at Hargett and Dawson streets.

"I'm proud that Wake County can be part of this momentous celebration honoring the lives of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001," Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble said in a statement. "This piece of steel is a part of our history and a symbol of our ability to rise above tragedy stronger."

Volunteers with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund are taking the piece of World Trade Center steel on a two-week, 3,100-mile national tour.

The fund is named after New York firefighter Terry Farrell, who was one of 343 firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. The nonprofit raises money to the families of firefighters in need.

The steel, which came from an interior stairwell in Tower 2, will become part of a permanent exhibit at the San Diego Fire Museum. Piece of World Trade Center comes to Raleigh Piece of World Trade Center comes to Raleigh

"We are making sure that we will never forget what happened on that day," said organizer Michael O'Connor.

Former NYPD detective Mike Korsh arrived at ground zero just as the second tower fell. He helped to identify victims, including first responders.

He said Sunday that the death toll from the 9/11 attacks continues to rise.

"We've had over a thousand first responders nationwide die now of illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks," he said.

Locally, Chatham County is one of 1,100 sites across the U.S. chosen to receive 9/11 artifacts amid the 10th anniversary of the attacks this September. Chatham County received a 19-foot-long beam from the World Trade Center and plans to make it the centerpiece of a memorial.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the 2001 terror attacks by 19 al Qaeda operatives in four hijacked airplanes.

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  • TooMuchGovt Jul 25, 2011

    I'd like to send a remnant of a building from Atlanta, that was destroyed by the Union during the War Between The States, on a tour of the North and see how many people want to help the descendants of the many Southern Fire Fighters who died while trying to protect Atlanta's innocent women and children (black & white) from that vicious terrorist attack. Never Forget!

  • ghimmy51 Jul 25, 2011

    They sure are willing to use anything to raise money. My trouble is I don't see any results, just money that goes away to somewhere. Also, I can understand some respiratory illness from all that dust, but I wonder how much the illness differs from any group of firemen nationwide. One thousand in TEN years seems sort of reasonable. Just sayin ...

  • chevybelair57sd Jul 25, 2011

    anybody know if any tax monies are spent shipping parts of these buildings all over the country? just asking

  • Iworkforaliving Jul 25, 2011

    It's a piece of steel.

  • Wendellcatlover Jul 25, 2011

    It's hard to believe it's been 10 years. I still pray for the victims of this murderous plot. My daughter and I visited the WTC site in 2007 when we were in NY and even then, several years later, it was a somber, solemn place. I can't wait for the memorials to be placed. We'll probably go back to see them in place too. God Bless America!