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Piece of 9/11 history to make home in Iowa

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TRAER (KWWL)-- For nearly two decades, the Iowa Firefighters Memorial has honored public servants.  And soon, it will include a new piece of history.

For many Americans, images of the 9-11 terror attacks are ingrained in our minds.  After the attack, people were buried in the millions of pieces of the World Trade Center that were piled up in New York City. Now, almost a decade after that fateful day, one piece of that building has made its way to eastern Iowa.

"The port authority of New York, which was in charge of the pieces left over from the World Trade Center, was going to make some of them available to fire, EMS, and police type organizations and that started the process.  I wrote them a letter requesting an artifact actually for the Iowa Firefighters Memorial," Mike Reuman, committee chair for the Iowa Firefighters Memorial.

Reuman helped establish the Iowa Firefighters Memorial in Coralville, which was dedicated back in 1994.  And he's thrilled that the monument will soon be able to display a piece of 9-11 history, especially after the process of getting the beam to Iowa took more than a year-and-a-half. 

"It's going to be in Traer for a little while so the people in the Traer community can see it.  And in April, the Iowa Firefighters Association has their mid-year business meeting, and we're going to take it down there, because there will be firefighters there from all over the state of Iowa, so they can see it.  And then after that, at some point, we'll get it down to the memorial in Coralville, and it'll be permanently displayed there forever and ever," Reuman said.

And Reuman just hopes the beam will be a constant reminder for memorial visitors of just what happened on 9-11.

"New generations will come along and 50 years from now, people will go, you know, "Geez.  What was 9-11?  What was the World Trade Center?"  And you know, it's no different from today and Pearl Harbor when a lot of people are like, "What was Pearl Harbor?"  So no, we don't want to forget.  We shouldn't forget what happened on September 11, 2001," said Reuman.

And by displaying the beam at the Firefighters Memorial, even those who didn't live to see the terror attacks will be able to see a small part of what was left behind from a day that shaped history.

Reuman plans to have the beam displayed at the memorial in time for the annual ceremony held there in June.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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