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WTC column to be part of St. James memorial

A 7-ton steel column from the World Trade Center will be welcomed with a parade on Sunday, July 17, when it arrives in St. James, where it will serve as the centerpiece of the hamlet’s 9/11 memorial.

The steel will be carried on a truck down Lake Avenue from Route 25A starting at noon, said Tom Donohue, a member of the St. James Fire Department, which is building the memorial.

The beam will be delivered to the site of the memorial on Woodlawn Avenue, where a groundbreaking ceremony will be held after the parade, Donohue said.

The memorial is scheduled to be unveiled during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The steel was recovered from the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Sunday’s parade and groundbreaking is to include St. James firefighters, members of the hamlet’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Patriot Guard Riders and neighboring fire departments, Donohue said.

Organizers have raised about $15,000 toward their goal of raising $75,000 for the memorial, Donohue said. A fundraiser is scheduled for July 30 at Kitchen A Bistro in St. James. For information, call 631-584-5799.


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