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

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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.