World Trade Center artifact arrives in Bossier

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Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | A 16-foot steel beam from the World Trade Towers, recovered from Ground Zero during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York, arrived in Bossier City Tuesday morning. The beam will be on permanent display at the Liberty Garden, located between the Bossier City Fire and Police Departments.

A piece of history has made its way to Bossier City, where it will now become a permanent part of the local landscape.

A 16-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center towers, recovered from Ground Zero in New York City following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, arrived in Bossier early Tuesday morning. It will be on permanent display at the Liberty Garden, located between the Bossier City Fire and Police Departments, in memory of those whose lives were lost that tragic day in 2001.

Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | The public was invited to get a firsthand look at a historic piece of history Tuesday morning.
Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | The public was invited to get a firsthand look at a piece of history Tuesday morning. This steel beam from the World Trade Center will now call Bossier City’s Liberty Garden home.

Efforts to acquire the 9/11 artifact began nearly four years ago when local businessman and Keep Bossier Beautiful President Tom Lawson was in Indiana and saw “Project Indianapolis,” a memorial comprised of twisted pieces of metal from the Twin Towers.

“It moved me,” Lawson said. “As you moved toward the metal you felt the energy and I felt we needed it for our 9/11 memorial in Bossier City. It will be a most appropriate addition.”

Lawson and his son, Scott, worked with the Bossier City Mayor’s Office and Keep Bossier Beautiful to put the wheels in motion to secure the beam. A host of dignitaries were on hand to intercept the beam as it arrived from New York. The beam was temporarily parked on a trailer in front of the Bossier Civic Center for photo opportunities with the public.

Plans have not been made as to how the beam will be mounted or displayed in Liberty Garden. For now, the beam has been placed in a secured, covered location until it can be put out for permanent public display in the coming weeks.