World Trade Center Beam In South Florida Bound For Memorial Site


HUNTERS ARE HURT. DOZENS OF PEOPLE ARE STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR. A PIECE OF HISTORY MADE A STOP IN SOUTH FLORIDA. A BEAM FROM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER THROUGH INTO MIAMI INTERNATIONAL. IT’S ON ITS WAY TO THE 9/11 MEMORIAL AT THE SPACE CENTER. LAUREN PASTRANA REPORTS. Reporter: ALMOST 14 YEARS AFTER TWO PLANES A SLAMMED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER A PLANE CARRYING A PIECE OF 9/11 HISTORY LANDED IN SOUTH FLORIDA. ON BOARD THE AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT A STEEL BEAM THAT WAS ONCE PART OF THE FOUNDATION HOLDING THE TOWERS IN PLACE. IT’S A FOUR-YEAR PROJECT FOR US. FIREFIGHTERS STARTED MEMORIALS AND THEY BUILT ON IT AND BUILT ON IT AND IT PAID FOR THEMSELVES. AT THE END THEY WERE MISSING A PIECE AND THAT WAS A PIECE OF THE TRADE CENTER. WE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS 2000 POUND BEAM JOURNEY TO SOUTH FLORIDA BEGAN WEDNESDAY AT JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT IN NEW YORK. IT WAS FUN TO PHILADELPHIA AND THEN MIAMI WHERE THE PLANE CARRYING THE ARTIFACT TOUCHDOWN THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS IS NOT ITS FINAL DESTINATION. ON FRIDAY THE BEAM WILL BE TRANSPORTED WITH A MOTORCADE TO THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER WERE ABLE TAKE UP PERMANENT RESIDENCE AS PART OF THE KFC FIRE RESCUE 9/11 MEMORIAL IN POSITION NEXT TO A SIGN BEARING THE NUMBERS 343, THE NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS KILLED INSTANTLY WHEN THE TOWERS COLLAPSED. DESPITE THE PAINFUL MEMORIES IT’S A SIMPLE FIRST RESPONDERS WILL CHERISH. WE HAVE A LOT OF FIREFIGHTERS HERE WITH A LOT OF YEARS THAT’S BEEN A LOT OF TIME DOING LAUNCHES ACROSS NASA AND THIS IS THEIR HIGHLIGHT. THE TOP OF THEIR CAREER. THE BEAM WILL REMAIN HERE AT THE AIRPORT UNTIL IT BEGINS THE JOURNEY TO SPACE CENTER BY GROUND TOMORROW. THE FIREFIGHTERS HAD STARTED A GOFUNDME WERE PAGE TO RAISE MONEY TO COVER THE COST OF TRANSPORTING THE BEAM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP.

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