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Huntington receives World Trade Center steel

Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer Crowd members sign the side of a convoy carrying a 9/11 World Trade Center Steel Artifact after it arrives for “A Tribute to Our First Responders and Military” on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Pullman Square in Huntington.

Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer
Crowd members sign the side of a convoy carrying a 9/11 World Trade Center Steel Artifact after it arrives for “A Tribute to Our First Responders and Military” on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Pullman Square in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Two steel rails salvaged from the World Trade Center wreckage were greeted by a crowd of hundreds Thursday night as its convoy arrived in Pullman Square. Formerly part of the rail system which ran under the Twin Towers, the two roughly 20-foot rails will be molded into a permanent memorial to be placed in downtown Huntington, Mayor Steve Williams said.

“(The Sept. 11 attacks) shaped our city, our nation, and the world for the last 15 years,” Williams said. “This is a gentle reminder that we need to be vigilant at all times, to enjoy our peace, and love one another.”

Coinciding with an early installment of Kindred Communications’ Summer Concert Series, the event, “A Tribute to Our First Responders and Military,” appropriately honored police, firefighters and emergency medical services while duly recognizing the gravity of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Williams commented that, in a city which annually grieves the 1970 Marshall plane crash, the community is well-accustomed to recognizing tragedy, and overcoming it…

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