World Trade Center beam coming to memorial near Jefferson Barracks

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – on this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks a piece of history meant to keep that day forever in our memories has arrived in St. Louis. The twisted piece of metal is being given a new purpose at one of St. Louis’ oldest institutions.

A 21-foot-long steel represents the thousands of lives lost when the building it helped support crumbled on September 11th 2001. The rusted, twisted beam is to be the centerpiece of a heroes memorial plaza to be built on open land across from the Missouri National Guard Base at Jefferson Barracks.

Although it has been 14 years since the 9/11 attacks the people putting this memorial together did not just dream this up recently. It just took 12 years to get a piece of the building here.

Thanks to the tenacity of the South County Chamber of Commerce and the connections of a Missouri Air National Guard Colonel supporters of the memorial were able to secure one of the last unclaimed artifacts from the World Trade Center.

Students at St. Louis Community College will design the memorial. Supporters first have to raise the money to build it. They want it to be nice, but it doesn`t have to be fancy. After all, the focus will be this plain piece of ordinary steel, rendered extraordinary in the crucible of that fateful day.

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