Watauga Ceremony to Unveil WTC Beam Installation

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011  |  Updated 1:50 PM CDT
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Watauga Ceremony to Unveil WTC Beam Installation

City of Watauga

Watauga's Mayor Harry Jefferies put the final touches on the installation, welding the base of the beam to the monument in front of the fire station.

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Watauga is one of several North Texas cities turning scrap steel from the World Trade Center into artwork in a public space.

Beams are already being installed at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and at administration buildings and firestations in Euless and Mesquite, respectively.

Watauga's piece, which will be permanently erected in front of the city's newest fire station at 5909 Hightower, is just over 12-feet long and weighs nearly two tons.

Watauga's Mayor Harry Jefferies put the final touches on the installation, welding the base of the beam to the monument in front of the fire station (pictured).

The beam will be covered by a black shroud until the beam is unveiled to the public during a memorial service at 7:40 p.m. on Sept. 11.

The piece of the WTC was delivered to North Texas by Watauga firefighters Ben Westcott and Jeff Hawkins who, earlier this summer, headed to New York City to retrieve the steel.

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