NEWARK, N.J. - Transportation Security Administration officials from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) unveiled a piece of steel from the World Trade Center this morning in remembrance of the terrorist attacks 14 years ago this week.
The striking piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center is a powerful reminder of how important TSA’s national security mission is. The 3 ½-foot piece of steel I-beam weighs 470 pounds and shows damage from the attacks, a visual representation of the devastation experienced in 2001. It now serves as a reminder to the men and women of TSA who remain firm in their resolve to prevent another attack.
“It only takes a quick glance at the I-beam to see the impact of the horrific events of that day on the piece,” said Thomas Carter, TSA Federal Security Director for New Jersey and Delaware, to those who attended the unveiling ceremony. “Now it will help provide focus and conviction to us all in the course of our critical homeland security duties.”
The memorial plaque, affixed to the base that was crafted by hand by two TSA employees, states, in part, “This is why we are here.”
“Let this piece and display always be a reminder as to why TSA exists and why we do what we do each day, and may we always be able to be inspired to do our best in executing our mission,” Carter said during the dedication ceremony. “May it help us to be always strong, resilient and capable and to never forget.”
Approximately 100 people attended the unveiling of the I-beam on Wednesday morning (Sept. 9), amid the sound of a TSA bagpiper and joint TSA Honor Guard composed of TSA officers from both Newark Liberty and Atlantic City International Airports. The piece was given to the Transportation Security Administration by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.