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NEW YORK - JUNE 16: The World Trade Center site is seen from the 20th floor restaurant terrace of the World Center Hotel June 16, 2010 in New York City. The hotel is located on the south edge of the World Trade Center site and is the first new hotel to overlook the site following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A solemn piece of history went on display Monday at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
Museum personnel managed the arrival of a 36-foot, 6,500-pound exterior structural beam recovered from rubble of the World Trade Center North Tower after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The girder will be part of a permanent exhibit at the museum scheduled to open on the 10th — “anniversary” seems too celebratory of a word — commemoration of the attacks.
And “display” is a bit too official a word for this week's temporary setup of the beam. It’s on a flatbed truck for a brief time until it goes into storage awaiting its permanent exhibit.
According to an article published in Monday’s Star-Telegram, the steel beam came from two floors above the impact point of the plane that struck the tower. One would think it is to be viewed in reverence.
It also needs to be seen in haste because the showing that started Monday is temporary before the beam goes into storage. You have until 2 p.m. Wednesday to get a preview before it goes on hiatus.
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He might just make it over to Fort Worth to see this. It will be as close to Ground Zero as he’ll ever get.