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Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute (Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute then fold a flag draping a piece of steel from the World Trade Center as they deliver it to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

WTC steel structures on LI

Perhaps not surprisingly, more WTC steel is headed to LI than any other region in the world. Of 1,218 organizations awarded at least once piece of steel by the Port Authority, 39 are in Suffolk County and 37 in Nassau County. They are in locations ranging from fire departments to school districts to civic groups. Per county, these are the two highest totals -- more than New York City, more than any one county in New Jersey and far more than other states. The emotion attached to these hunks of steel grows as we approach the 10-year anniversary.

A piece of World Trade Center steel, donated
(Credit: Photo by Lou Minutoli)

A piece of World Trade Center steel, donated by the Port Authority of NY, arrived at the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department headquarters around noon time on Tuesday August 23, 2011. The steel will be part of an eventual 9/11 Memorial. The steel was escorted to Franklin Square, in a solemn procession, by members of the New York City Fire Riders motorcycle club. A large contingent of local volunteers and community members were on hand for the arrival.

Firefighters from the East Rockaway Fire Department and
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Firefighters from the East Rockaway Fire Department and members of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary salute and stand at attention as two pieces of steel from the World Trade Center pass through the Village of East Rockaway. The steel, which was en route to a fabricator in Oceanside, will be used in a memorial in East Rockaway. (August 10, 2011)

Firefighters from the East Rockaway Fire Department and
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Firefighters from the East Rockaway Fire Department and members of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary salute and stand at attention as two pieces of steel from the World Trade Center pass through the Village of East Rockaway. The steel, which was en route to a fabricator in Oceanside, will be used in a memorial in East Rockaway. (August 10, 2011)

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A piece of steel from the World Trade

A piece of steel from the World Trade Center was delivered to Oceanside on Aug, 10, 2011. It was delivered from JFK Airport with the Fire Riders leading the procession. Island Park and Oceanside ladders were used for the arch.

From left: Thomas Smith, 46, with son Aiden
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Thomas Smith, 46, with son Aiden Thomas Smith, 10 months, Frank Haskell, 52, Brian Rowan, 36, James Peterson, 53, and Bob Arnold Jr., 42, members of The Towers of Freedom, work on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group, a non-profit organization made up of veterans, civilians, and 9/11 first responders, hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600 pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (August 05, 2011)

Members of The Towers of Freedom, work on
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

Members of The Towers of Freedom, work on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group, a non-profit organization made up of veterans, civilians, and 9/11 first responders, hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600 pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (August 05, 2011)

From left: Danny Cain, 46, Frank Haskell, 52,
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Danny Cain, 46, Frank Haskell, 52, Brian Rowan, 36, and Bob Arnold Jr., 42, members of The Towers of Freedom, work on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group, a non-profit organization made up of veterans, civilians, and 9/11 first responders, hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600 pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (August 05, 2011)

From left: Thomas Smith, 46, with son Aiden
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Thomas Smith, 46, with son Aiden Thomas Smith, 10 months, Bob Arnold Jr., 42, and James Peterson, 53, members of The Towers of Freedom, work on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group, a non-profit organization made up of veterans, civilians, and 9/11 first responders, hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600 pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (August 05, 2011)

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From left: Danny Cain, 46, Bob Arnold Jr.,
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Danny Cain, 46, Bob Arnold Jr., 42, Thomas Smith, 46, with son Aiden Thomas Smith, 10 months, and James Peterson, 53, members of The Towers of Freedom, work on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group, a non-profit organization made up of veterans, civilians, and 9/11 first responders, hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600 pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (August 05, 2011)

From left: Thomas Smith, 46, with son Aiden
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Thomas Smith, 46, with son Aiden Thomas Smith, 10 months, Frank Haskell, 52, Brian Rowan, 36, James Peterson, 53, and Bob Arnold Jr., 42, members of The Towers of Freedom, work on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group, a non-profit organization made up of veterans, civilians, and 9/11 first responders, hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600 pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (August 05, 2011)

From left: Danny Cain, 46, Brian Rowan, 36,
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Danny Cain, 46, Brian Rowan, 36, Bob Arnold Jr., 42, Thomas Smith, 46, with son Aiden Thomas Smith, 10 months, and James Peterson, 53, members of The Towers of Freedom, work on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group, a non-profit organization made up of veterans, civilians, and 9/11 first responders, hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600 pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (August 05, 2011)

From left: Thomas Smith, 46, Frank Haskell, 52,
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Thomas Smith, 46, Frank Haskell, 52, James Peterson, 53, and Brian Rowan, 36, members of The Towers of Freedom, work on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group, a non-profit organization made up of veterans, civilians, and 9/11 first responders, hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600 pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (August 05, 2011)

Members of The Towers of Freedom, a nonprofit
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Members of The Towers of Freedom, a nonprofit organization made up of veterans, civilians and 9/11 first responders, works on creating a display of recovered steel from the World Trade Center for a Massapequa street fair this weekend. The group hopes to eventually use the 6-foot, 1,600-pound steel beam in an ambitious monument to be displayed in Burns Park. (Aug. 5, 2011)

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Members of the Shelter Island Fire Department pick
(Credit: Kevin Imm)

Members of the Shelter Island Fire Department pick up a 5 foot Steel beam from the World Trade Center at the Bethpage fire house, to be used in a memorial at the Shelter Island Fire house. The beam was drapedwith an American flag that flew over our troops in Afghanistan. (August 3, 2011)

A World Trade Center steel artifact is at
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

A World Trade Center steel artifact is at the memorial in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (Aug. 2, 2011)

Cindy Rivera, 4, of East Meadow, with one
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

Cindy Rivera, 4, of East Meadow, with one of the World Trade Center steel artifacts at the memorial in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (Aug. 2, 2011)

Cindy Rivera, 4, of East Meadow, touches a
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

Cindy Rivera, 4, of East Meadow, touches a steel artifact from the World Trade Center that is part of a memorial in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (Aug. 2, 2011)

From left, East Islip Community Chamber of Commerce
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

From left, East Islip Community Chamber of Commerce members Paul Caliguri, Anthony J. D'Amico, Stephen J. Foray, Ryan D. Gillies and Joseph Gabriel discuss the how the memorial they are making with the WTC steel they received from the Port Authority will look, as they pose for a portrait with the twisted piece of steel. (Aug. 2, 2011)

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Carol Meschkow, president, Concerned Citizens of the Plainvew-Old
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Carol Meschkow, president, Concerned Citizens of the Plainvew-Old Bethpage Community, poses for a portrait with the piece of World Trade Center steel section that the Town of Oyster Bay received and dedicated a memorial to at a parklet in Plainview. (Aug. 2, 2011)

JoAnn Lyles, the mother of Jordan Haerter, a
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

JoAnn Lyles, the mother of Jordan Haerter, a 19-year-old Sag Harbor Marine killed in Iraq in 2008, requested steel in her son's name on behalf of the Sag Harbor FD, which will incorporate it into a planned memorial at the firehouse. More steel from the fallen World Trade Center towers is headed to Long Island than any other region in the world. (Aug. 1, 2011)

Chief Charles LaSalla of the Brookhaven National Lab
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Chief Charles LaSalla of the Brookhaven National Lab fire department stands with a piece of steel from the World Trade Center towers acquired through his efforts. More steel from the fallen World Trade Center towers is headed to Long Island than any other region in the world. (Aug. 1, 2011)

Members of the Brookhaven National Lab fire department:
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Members of the Brookhaven National Lab fire department: (front row kneeling, l-r) Thomas Sidik and Jeff Mirando. (back row, l-r) Frank Palmeri, Chief Charles LaSalla, Captain Roy Barone and Jame Yerry. More steel from the fallen World Trade Center towers is headed to Long Island than any other region in the world. (Aug. 1, 2011)

Merrick Fire Department members salute flag-draped steel beams
(Credit: Paul DeMaria)

Merrick Fire Department members salute flag-draped steel beams at Kennedy Airport on Tuesday. The beams rescued from the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attacks were being taken to Merrick to be dedicated Sept. 11, 2011. One will go to the Friendship Engine & Hose Company and the other will go to the 9/11 memorial on Sunrise Highway and Merrick Avenue in Merrick. (July 26, 2011)

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Workers install a 7-ton piece of steel from
(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Workers install a 7-ton piece of steel from the World Trade Center at a memorial park in St. James. (July 17, 2011)

Workers install a 7-ton piece of steel from
(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Workers install a 7-ton piece of steel from the World Trade Center at a memorial park in St. James. (July 17, 2011)

Firefighters salute as a piece of steel that
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Firefighters salute as a piece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center is taken from the flatbed truck to be placed as the centerpiece of the 9/11 Memorial in St. James, NY. (July 17, 2011)

People watch as a piece of steel that
(Credit: Ed Betz)

People watch as a piece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center is placed as a memorial in St. James , NY. (July 17, 2011)

People watch this morning as a piece of
(Credit: Ed Betz)

People watch this morning as a piece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center is placed as the centerpiece inwhat will be a 9/11 Memorial in St. James , NY. (July 17, 2011)

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Portrait of Dwight Trujillo in the Bellport Firehouse
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Portrait of Dwight Trujillo in the Bellport Firehouse with a steel artifact from the World Trade Center site. he will be fashioning it into the village's 9/11 memorial. (May 24, 2011)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute then fold a flag draping a piece of steel from the World Trade Center as they deliver it to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute then fold a flag draping a piece of steel from the World Trade Center as they deliver it to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, along
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, along with Port Authority workers load a piece of steel from the World Trade Center onto a vehicle for transport to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute then fold a flag draping a piece of steel from the World Trade Center as they deliver it to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

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Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, secures
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, secures a piece of steel from the World Trade Center onto a vehicle for transport to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute then fold a flag draping a piece of steel from the World Trade Center as they deliver it to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, salute then fold a flag draping a piece of steel from the World Trade Center as they deliver it to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, transport
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Guardsmen from F Company, 69th Infantry Division, transport a piece of steel from the World Trade Center onto a vehicle for transport to the Rocky Point Fire Department for a future memorial. (Sept. 2, 2010)

Justin Gietschier, a 5th grader, signs the steel
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

Justin Gietschier, a 5th grader, signs the steel beam as part of the steel raising instead of barn raising ceremony held by the Centennial Avenue School building in Roosevelt to give the community the opportunity to leave their mark as their signatures on the new school. (March 31, 2009)

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People sign the steel beam as part of
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

People sign the steel beam as part of the steel raising instead of barn raising ceremony held by the Centennial Avenue School building in Roosevelt to give the community the opportunity to leave their mark as their signatures on the new school. (March 31, 2009)

People sign the steel beam as part of
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

People sign the steel beam as part of the steel raising instead of barn raising ceremony held by the Centennial Avenue School building in Roosevelt to give the community the opportunity to leave their mark as their signatures on the new school. (March 31, 2009)

(L to R) Zaire White and Justin Gietschier,
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

(L to R) Zaire White and Justin Gietschier, both 5th graders, sign the steel beam as part of the steel raising instead of barn raising ceremony held by the Centennial Avenue School building in Roosevelt to give the community the opportunity to leave their mark as their signatures on the new school. (March 31, 2009)

People sign the steel beam as part of
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

People sign the steel beam as part of the steel raising instead of barn raising ceremony held by the Centennial Avenue School building in Roosevelt to give the community the opportunity to leave their mark as their signatures on the new school. (March 31, 2009)

People sign the steel beam as part of
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

People sign the steel beam as part of the steel raising instead of barn raising ceremony held by the Centennial Avenue School building in Roosevelt to give the community the opportunity to leave their mark as their signatures on the new school. (March 31, 2009)

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People sign the steel beam as part of
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

People sign the steel beam as part of the steel raising instead of barn raising ceremony held by the Centennial Avenue School building in Roosevelt to give the community the opportunity to leave their mark as their signatures on the new school. (March 31, 2009)

An I beam, recovered from the World Trade
(Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)

An I beam, recovered from the World Trade Center is unveiled by Long Island 9/11 Memorial officials and families of loved ones lost in the 9/11 terrorist attack. The beam will be used as part of the future Long Island 9/11 Memorial at SUNY Farmingdale. (Dec. 5, 2006)

Rosemary Cain of Massapequa, who lost her son,
(Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)

Rosemary Cain of Massapequa, who lost her son, New York City firefighe George Cain, in the World Trade Center attack, hugs Anne Ielpi of Great Neck who also lost her son, New York City Firefighter Jonathan Ielpi, after both mothers took part in a ceremony to unveil an I beam, (seen in the foreground) recovered from the World Trade Center that will be used as part of the future Long Island 9/11 Memorial at SUNY Farmingdale. (Dec. 5, 2006)

United States Marines prepare to fold a flag
(Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)

United States Marines prepare to fold a flag that was draped over an I beam recovered from the World Trade Center site. The beam will used as part of the future Long Island 9/11 Memorial at SUNY Farmingdale. (Dec. 5, 2006)

As
(Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)

As "God Bless America" is sung, Joseph Giordano of Local 1974 Drywall Tapers clutches the flag presented to him during a ceremony to unveil an I beam, (seen at right) recovered from the World Trade Center that will be used as part of the future Long Island 9/11 Memorial at SUNY Farmingdale. Representatives from several unions were recognized and presented flags for their part in helping to construct the World Trade Center. (Dec. 5, 2006)

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Town of Oyster Bay September 11 Memorial Ceremony,
(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Town of Oyster Bay September 11 Memorial Ceremony, West Bayside Walkway, Tobay Beach: The I-beam is from the World Trade Center. (Sept. 10, 2006)

Town of Oyster Bay September 11 Memorial Ceremony,
(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Town of Oyster Bay September 11 Memorial Ceremony, West Bayside Walkway, Tobay Beach: The steel I-beam is from the World Trade Center. ( Sept. 10, 2006)

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