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Amanda Fitzpatrick, NBC 5
A steel beam from the World Trade Center in New York is on display in Mesquite to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
A memorial consisting of a steel beam from the World Trade Center is on display in Mesquite in honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks.
Dozens came out to Mesquite Fire station No. 1 to show their support as local firefighters carried the steel beam through a sea of red, white and blue flags.
The 13-foot twisted beam came from one of the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The city took ownership of the beam earlier this year as part of the World Trade Center Steel Program.
"It’s not just a beam, it’s an artifact from a tragic event," said Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Lindsay. "Over 3,000 of our citizens were murdered, and that piece of steel represents that event, so it’s a special artifact to us."
The beam will eventually be part of a planned memorial in Mesquite.
After the ceremony, seven firefighters and one police officer from Mesquite rode off on motorcycles for a 25-hour trip to New York to show their support in this weekend's 9/11 memorial services.