Sep 11, 2015 5:41 PM
PORTSMOUTH - A steel beam from the World Trade Center is now the centerpiece for a brand new 9/11 memorial in the Port City.
The city has been working for nearly five years to receive the beam, which was delivered last week in a motorcade from New York.
The beam will serve as a realistic reminder of the events that unfolded 14 years ago, according to city officials.
"So much has happened over the past years, that sometimes it’s hard to actually recall the events - the feelings and the emotions of that day," said Police Chief Stephen DuBois. "Which is why it’s so important that we now have a piece of steel from that sacred site."
The beam is 8 ft. long, and was unveiled in a special ceremony on Friday morning in front of the Portsmouth Police Dept. and City Hall.
City officials were at first unsure where the long term memorial spot would be, but many said its unveiling location should be permanent.
“It’s a good memorial. And it’s perfect where it’s located," said Bill McComb of North Hampton. "It shouldn’t be moved."
The artifact now stands as a tangible symbol of the devastation that shook the country to the core in 2001.
“On that day, on September 11, we saw the very worst of humanity when our country was attacked," said U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. "But yet, on that day, we also saw the very best of humanity.”
The names of all 9/11 victims with New Hampshire ties were also read at the ceremony, as an American flag flew at half-mast overhead.
“Those were our brothers and sisters that literally gave their lives for us that day. And we’ll be forever grateful," said Marianne Parker, a flight attendant who chose to visit Portsmouth just to see the beam unveiled. “I’m just so blessed and honored just to even be here. Just to acknowledge this.”
Dozens were seen visiting the beam to drop flowers, takes photos, and simply to see it in person throughout the afternoon of the September 11 anniversary.
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