9/11 Artifact Arrives in Lower Valley

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 8:34am

It was a day that most Americans couldn't believe. America came under attack by terrorists wanting to tear apart our nation, our people and break our spirits.

Nearly ten years later that pain of the 9-11 attacks still lingers in many American's hearts. While many have moved on, they will never forget.

Our first responders on South Padre Island don't want people to ever forget, but to remember and honor those brave men and women and the innocent who lost their lives that fateful day.

That's why they requested and have received a piece of the World Trade center that was destroyed in the attacks. It's an 8 ft long, 17-hundred pound beam that was donated by the Port Authority of New York.

The historical beam was honorably escorted to the lower valley Tuesday night from Houston by several area law enforcement agencies.

It will eventually stand tall at the South Padre Island Fire Department.

"Seeing this artifact, actually being able to touch a piece from ground zero, it brings up a lot of emotions. I am honored that we were chosen as a caretaker of this artifact but it is also a reminder of a very tragic day in our history," said SPI Fire Chief Burney Baskett.

The beam will be revealed to the public at a special ceremony on the 10th anniversary of the attacks this September and will ultimately be built into a memorial in front of the new fire station that is currently under construction on the island.



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