World Trade Center Steel headed to Gardens memorial

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX)-- A hangar in New York City's Kennedy Airport holds the remains of the World Trade Center ruins which are now slowly being released to communities across the country that want to set up 9-11 memorials.

A 25 to 50 ton section has been earmarked for the city of Palm Beach Gardens.

City officials hope to get one of the trident-looking sections which used to make up the facades of the twin towers.

The structure would be shipped and escorted by firefighters all the way from New York to the city's fire station number 3 located on Northlake Boulevard, west of Military Trail.

Firefighters plan to build a memorial park with benches and the names of 9/11 victims.

The actual steel from the ruins cannot be altered, drilled or painted in any way.

City officials say it will be lit and visible to anyone driving by on Northlake.

The purpose is clear.

"It's really important for us because we feel a part of it as firefighters, because so many died on 9/11. In addition, one of our police officers lost his brother in the World Trade Center while at work that day," said Deputy Fire Chief C.R. Brown.

The actual piece of steal is free to communities who want it provided by the September 11th Families Association.

A local artist will do the design of the park for free.

The transportation will be paid by the city.

The actual construction of the park will be paid off by a special art fund although those who want to make a donation can call the city to offset the cost.

If you would like to make a donation to the memorial park please call Eileen Stephenson with the city of Palm Beach Gardens at 561-799-4315.

The total tab is expected to be under $60,000.