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9/11 beam makes its way to Valley Stream

A 15-foot section of steel from the World Trade Center that will be part of Valley Stream’s 9/11 memorial made a brief stop in the village Tuesday for a ceremony.

Mayor Edwin Fare, the village board of trustees and first responders welcomed the 3,350-pound beam covered by an American flag.

“Never in a million years did I think that we would have a piece of the Twin Towers here in Valley Stream,” said Mayor Fare during a speech at the ceremony, recalling visiting the World Trade Center with his family. “Although the towers are no longer standing, they will continue to stand as a symbol of the American spirit.”

The steel was transported by truck to Valley Stream from Hangar 17 at Kennedy Airport with a Valley Stream Fire Department escort. The procession entered the village’s park and proceeded to the 9/11 Memorial Garden, where the completed monument will be on display for the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony.

“Things will never be the same, but we remember each and every person who perished on that morning,” Fare said, “as well as those who have suffered so greatly since that day.”

The village is among more than 1,100 communities and organizations worldwide that have received beams from the fallen towers.

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