Tinley Park Gets Piece of World Trade Center

Officials hope to have steal beam in time for 9/11 ceremonies

By Al Romero
|  Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011  |  Updated 7:02 AM CDT
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The mangled wreckage of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan is perhaps one of the most enduring images of the 9/11 attacks.

Now, Tinley Park will get a piece of the WTC's steel to build a memorial in the south suburban community.

Firefighters from Tinley Park will travel to the New York area next week to pick up the beam, which weighs more than 1,000 pounds and measures about 6 feet long, according to the Southtown Star.

Town officials hope to have the beam back in Tinley Park in time for the community's Sept. 11 ceremonies, marking the 10th anniversary of the attack. Eventually, the village hopes to use the beam in a permanent memorial to first responders.

Fire departments across the country were offered pieces of the wreckage, according to the Chicago Tribune

Frankfort and Oak Lawn are other Chicago-area communities where pieces of the World Trade Center wreckage are on display to honor the memory of first responders at the World Trade Center.

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