WTC Steel Columns Installed At 9/11 Museum

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/ AP) — As hard-hats hammered and drilled under a hot sun Tuesday, city and state leaders celebrated the progress that has been made at Ground Zero just days before the ninth anniversary of 9/11.

A salvaged 50-ton steel column was hoisted onto a support structure at the World Trade Center site, where it will eventually serve as part of the entryway to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

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A second column is expected to be raised Wednesday, according to Joe Daniels, the memorial’s president. The 70-foot columns, from the wreckage of the north tower, were returned over the weekend to lower Manhattan.

The columns, which have three prongs and are known as tridents, once made up the facade at the tower’s entrance. For the past few years they’ve been kept at a Kennedy International Airport hangar.

“They will be a signature beacon on the plaza,” Daniels said. “There’s a lot of stuff to happen over the next 369 days but we feel like we’re going to get there.”

The $45 million museum, being built below the 8-acre memorial plaza, is set to open next year.

As a giant crane hoisted the plastic-covered column, it slowly revolved, revealing a flag and a 9/11 memorial sign. It was lowered into place.

People inside the site can now see the column jutting from what eventually will be the underground museum.

A chain-link fence with blue netting blocks most of the public view from the street.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the top priority is to give families a place to remember their loved ones. He said it’s also important to continue to fight for freedom.

“The progress that we’ve made here is helping us honor that obligation to our nation and the free world.”

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  • Mike Diaz

    Seriously! Don’t they have websites for people like you!? Write your nonsense elsewhere! I’ll tell you all what the real shame is, that these bureaucratic morons haven’t been able to get their stuff together and get us some new towers!! 9 years!! I know everything is a process, but 9 long years have passed since that dreaded day and we still call it ground zero!! That’s the real shame!

    • Mike

      HI Mike I m not sure if you are responding to my comment to walter regarding his pathetic conspiracy theroy. Im on your side bro.

  • mike

    Sorry W.S. but that is so alex jones and completely ridiculous, try thinkig for yourself… Shame

  • walter spohn

    insult to injury, the US government did the attacks & now wants to display its victory… shame

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