On September 11, 2011, a dedication ceremony was held to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the devastating attacks that took place in New York City, Pennsylvania, and The Pentagon. To be part of such a moving and sentimental experience is one that FreightCenter can still recount now, six years later.
In July 2011, a 1,450 pound nine-foot I-beam was recovered from Ground Zero and transported from JFK International Airport to Seattle on behalf of the Clallam County Public Safety Tribute Committee in Washington. FreightCenter helped coordinate shipping of the Twin Towers I-beam that was dedicated to building the 9/11 Memorial Waterfront Park in Port Angeles, Washington.
“Since we opened our doors in 1998, we’ve facilitated the shipping of important items nearly every day, but never have we had the opportunity to arrange transportation for such a unique piece of an unforgettable time in American History,” says Matthew Brosious, CEO of FreightCenter.
Founded and chaired by Alan Barnard, the Public Safety Tribute Committee helped erect two 9/11 monuments in Port Angeles. Members, Sam Allen and Andrew Moravec birthed the project and sought approval from the 9/11 Commission which sanctioned Port Angeles in order to receive the I-beam. Barnard and Capt. Duke Moroz of the Port Angeles Fire Department toured the beam throughout Clallam County before the 9/11 artifact became the centerpiece of a new memorial erected to honor local public-safety workers.
The Public Safety Tribute Committee was able to secure sponsorship for funding of the beam’s construction and design from the Port Angeles Fire Department Auxiliary. The committee and the City of Port Angeles will help maintain the monument through the generosity of citizens and donors.
To commemorate the 343 firefighters and paramedics who died in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and the Curlew Hills Memory Gardens partnered to erect a memorial in remembrance of these fallen heroes.
“As an Army Ranger myself, I truly respect all the men and women who protect and serve. It’s great to see our local community giving back and paying their respect to a tragic time in our country,” said Matthew Brosious.
The 150-pound steel beam acquired by the New York Port Authority is encased at The Palm Harbor 9/11 Memorial, which is open and free to the public.