Steel mu­seum cer­e­mony marks 9/11

Steel mu­seum in Coatesville hosts cer­e­mony

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COATESVILLE » The Na­tional Iron & Steel Her­itage Mu­seum, or NISHM, once again hosted “Coatesville Re­mem­bers 9/11.”

This year’s event took place against the back­drop of the “Steel­worker’s Me­mo­rial,” a gar­den to honor those who lost their lives in the steel-mak­ing in­dus­try in Coatesville, com­pris­ing of a mas­sive World Trade Cen­ter (WTC) steel “tree” or tri­dent.

The steel was re­cov­ered from Ground Zero and trans­ported to Coatesville in a 28-trac­tor trailer con­voy on April 2010. Par­tic­i­pants had the op­por­tu­nity to touch the “trees” (fifty-ton steel tri­dents orig­i­nally man­u­fac­tured at Lukens Steel, which were part of the lob­bies of the World Trade Cen­ter tow­ers).

The event Sun­day drew a stand­ing room only crowd of over 200, in­clud­ing about 30 veter­ans from the Coatesville Veter­ans Af­fairs Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

First re­spon­der on Sept. 12th, Dan O’Deens, was the key­note speaker.

“Don’t let your heart be­come a head­quar­ters for hate,” O’Deens urged the crowd in Coatesville on the 15th An­niver­sary of the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

State Sen. An­drew “Andy Din­ni­man and Scott Hus­ton, pres­i­dent of Na­tional Iron & Steel Her­itage Mu­seum, also gave speeches.

“Here, out­side, we have pieces of the Twin Tow­ers, we have the di­rect links to the past, bridges back to an­other place and time,” Hus­ton said. “We hope that peo­ple will ap­proach them, touch them and con­nect with them in their own per­sonal way to the past.

“They are stuck in time,” the mu­seum pres­i­dent said. “But they also re­mind us that time moves on. It is our at­tempt to hold onto the past and speak to the fu­ture; for we must, we will, move on and heal. How­ever we must not for­get. We must pause and re­flect be­cause only then can we be­gin to un­der­stand where we have been and where we are go­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.steel­mu­seum.org or call 610-384-9282.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS – ROBERT O. WIL­LIAMS/ THE WIL­LIAMS GROUP

Visi­tors in Coatesville on Sun­day view the steel tri­dents re­cov­ered from Ground Zero in New York.

Visi­tors in Coatesville on Sun­day view the steel tri­dents re­cov­ered from Ground Zero in New York.

A vis­i­tor in Coatesville on Sun­day views the steel tri­dents re­cov­ered from Ground Zero in New York.

Visi­tors in Coatesville on Sun­day view the steel tri­dents re­cov­ered from Ground Zero in New York.

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