August 24, 2008

Bikers Escort WTC Steel to Memorial Site in Somerset County

Steel from the World Trade Center has been transformed into a cross and placed near where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.

The 14-foot-high, 3,000-pound monument traveled from New York to the Shanksville fire station Saturday as part of a 300-mile motorcycle escort from New York.

The cross will be dedicated at a ceremony today. It's not part of the official $58 million Flight 93 National Memorial, which is expected to be about 40 percent complete for a ribbon-cutting on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

An official probe found four hijackers crashed the United Airlines airplane near Shanksville when passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit. Flight 93 was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco.

Hundreds of current and retired members of the New York City Fire Department escorted the beam from Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field to Shanksville.

The 2-ton, 14-foot-long beam will sit on a base shaped like the Pentagon.

Originally published by the Tribune-Review.

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