A bit of the World Commerce Heart which turned a beloved 9/11 memorial at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan — and was feared lacking when American troops abruptly left the nation — is protected and sound in upstate New York, The Put up has discovered.
A group of Queens veterans who organized to have the 10-foot-tall, 900-pound metal girder, emblazoned with “WTC” and “9 11 01,” donated to US troops in Afghanistan in 2010, raised the alarm final month when nobody appeared to know its location.
“Even individuals at The Pentagon didn’t know the place it was,” mentioned Claudia Thomas, a 9/11 first responder and former civilian contractor in Afghanistan, who was amongst these attempting to find out the destiny of the beam.
The 82nd Airborne commanded the bottom when the Breezy Level, Queens, chapter of the Sons and Daughters of America donated the relic. On the time, the veterans believed the beam would wind up within the 82nd’s museum in Fort Bragg, N.C., after US operations in Afghanistan ceased.
US troops swiftly pulled out of Bagram in July, permitting looters to swoop in. When nobody at Bagram or Fort Bragg may discover the beam, the Queens veterans feared the worst.
“We had been afraid we’d see it on TV with the knuckleheads from the Taliban leaping up and down on it,” mentioned former NYPD officer Bob Crowley, who helped lead the trouble to donate the beam to Bagram.
It served as a strong reminder of the mission to root out terrorism and forestall one other 9/11 assault, mentioned Col. Stephen Ryan, a Breezy Level native and US Military reservist who served at Bagram.
However the piece of 9/11 historical past has truly been sitting securely on American soil, at Fort Drum, close to Watertown, NY.
Seems the tenth Mountain Division, which commanded the bottom after the 82nd, shipped the beam again to its headquarters in upstate New York in 2015 — unbeknownst to its donors, to the 82nd Airborne or to navy leaders contacted by The Put up.
The beam was put in at Fort Drum in a proper ceremony, mentioned base spokesman Lee Reynolds, and lies in Clark Corridor subsequent to a chunk of touchdown gear from one of many plane that struck the Twin Towers in the course of the terror assault.
“Since that point it’s the indoor focus for the set up September 11 ceremony,” Reynolds added.
Col. Ryan mentioned he wished the method had been dealt with in another way.
“However we’re simply glad it’s again on US territory. I didn’t care if it was on Route 66 or in Anchorage, Alaska. The individuals in Breezy Level are joyful as a result of it ended up right here in New York state.”