KSC World Trade Center One-Ton Beam Arrives At It’s New Home, The Avenue Viera
By Space Coast Daily // May 28, 2017
DEDICATION CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE June 3
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Avenue Viera announced that it will be the new home of the World Trade Center Beam that was located at NASA Kennedy Space Center Fire Station 1 and the beam has arrived at its new home at The Avenue Viera.
The beam made its entry under the American flag flown by Brevard County Fire Rescue’s Tower 48 and Melbourne Fire Department’s Truck 74.
This seven-foot long, one-ton steel beam was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
In 2012, the Kennedy Space Center Fire Fighters and the Transport Workers Union of America petitioned the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to request a piece of World Trade Center steel to serve as a memorial at Kennedy Space Center Fire Station 1.
Nearly three years later, the petition was granted and this sacred piece of American history made the journey to the Space Coast where it was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2015.
To allow more public access to this hallowed object, the Kennedy Space Center Fire Fighters and TWU Local 525 moved the artifact to its new location.
This will allow more visitors to reflect on what was lost on September 11 and the price paid by so many families. It is especially important for the fire fighters to honor their fallen comrades, including FDNY Ladder Company 3 Captain Patrick “Paddy” Brown, brother-in-law of a TWU member.
The Avenue Viera, the TWU Local 525 and Kennedy Space Center Fire Fighters hope this will serve as a place of contemplation, a way to honor all the victims of the terrorist attacks, and a reminder to never forget the sacrifices made by so many that day.
“The Transport Workers Union is excited to donate this WTC beam to The Avenue and bring such a historical artifact to the residents and visitors of Brevard County,” says Kevin Smith, President, TWU Local 525.
” I hope this beam serves as a reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th. May we never forget!” says Kevin Smith, President, TWU Local 525.”
“It is an honor that The Avenue was chosen to be the new home for such an important piece of American history,” says Scott M. McCarthy, General Manager of The Avenue Viera.
On June 3, the official dedication ceremony will be held at The Avenue Viera at 10 a.m
KSC's WTC beam arrives at its new home at the Avenue Viera under the American flag being flown by BCFR Tower 48 and MFD Truck 74 pic.twitter.com/zOIiBByzZA
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