Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

February 12, 2011

World Trade Center Steel Artifact Comes to Connellsville, PA.


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WORLD TRADE CENTER STEEL ARTIFACT

COMES TO CONNELLSVILLE, PA.

 

     On the afternoon of February 11, 2011, my husband, Monte, and I became involved in different activities.

     While I was involved in facilitating the Beanery Writers Group at the Coffee Bean Café in Latrobe (PA), my husband took our car and headed to Connellsville, an hour south of where I was.

     He was going to a parade. A very special parade.

     A four ton piece of steel , from the World Trade Center, was totravel up Crawford Avenue to Connellsville Area High School on the back of a flatbed truck. It will be incorporated into a renovated war memorial at the high school that will be created as part of future renovations…it will be placed in a new commons area in front of the CAHS…a bench will surround the steel with Sept 11, 2001 on one side and Never Forget on other side.

     The steel has been stored at Hangar 17 at JFK Airport, where the parts were taken in the days and weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. “There has been a consulting firm tagging the steel for a memorial museum. Then we started looking for homes for the rest of them,” Steve Coleman, Port Authority spokesman, said.

     The authority started advertising the availability of the 180 inch high, sixty-six inch wide, eight inch thick piece steel last year, with the requirement that its use be in a public display. The Connellsville Area High School Patriots Inc. submitted one of a thousand proposals that came from every state and six foreign countries.

     Monte positioned himself on the Crawford Avenue bridge, over the Youghiogheny River, to watch the procession of first responders that was to accompany the flatbed truck to the high school.

     “The number of fire trucks was impressive,” he said, noting that the stations represented included New Haven Hose Company (Connellsville), South Connellsville, Morrell (Dunbar Township), Springfield, and Bullskin Township. “There were several cars with Patriot members. And the Fayette County Emergency Management was represented.”

Flatbed truck carrying the World Trade Center steel artifact.

     A man was riding on the flatbed truck, kneeling beside the steel, which was decked in a flag.

     Unfortunately, he was unable to get a good photograph—his fingers were pretty cold. A woman watching said she had been in the Martin’s Market lot, and been able to photograph it there. Monte didn’t arrive in Connellsville until too late to do the same.

     Meanwhile, the Beanery Writers Group critiqued a number of written pieces for its members.

     All in all, a productive day.

SOURCES

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dailycourier/s_721755.html

Tribune-Review February 11, 2011, page A1

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ADDITIONAL READING:

FEBRUARY DAYS TO CELEBRATE

March days to celebrate

My Mother’s Secret: An Adoption Story

Oprah and I: Adoption Reunion Experiences

Adoptee Finds Biological Family: Mine

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