BALTIMORE --Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials from Baltimore Washington-Thurgood Marshal International Airport (BWI) today unveiled a piece of aluminum that was salvaged from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
The striking piece of scorched aluminum recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center is a powerful reminder of how important TSA’s national security mission is. The artifact is 58 inches tall and 22 inches deep yet weighs only about 10 pounds, and sits vertically on a pentagon-shaped base hand-crafted by members of the TSA workforce at BWI Airport. The aluminum was originally from Tower One of the World Trade Center’s entry façade and shows damage from the attack, 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.
“This sacred piece of aluminum stands before us as witness to the horror of September 11, 2001, a day that changed our lives forever,” said TSA’s Maryland Federal Security Director Andrea R. Mishoe. “It reminds us of why we are here, why we dedicate ourselves to the mission to protect travelers. Why what we do is so very important, even now, 15 years after the terrorists attacked our homeland.”
“We will look at this artifact, which invites us to reflect on the past, knowing that it serves as inspiration to rededicate ourselves every day that we come to work, every day that we put on the uniform, every day that we usher travelers onward to their safe journeys,” Mishoe said.
A memorial plaque rests atop the display as a reminder of the focus and the mission of TSA. The plaque states that “September 11, 2001, was a day of unprecedented shock and suffering in the history of the United States. This artifact is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in that tragedy. In honor of their memory we will continue to accomplish our mission. ‘With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our Homeland, and our values.’ ”
BWI Airport was the first Federalized airport and is known as the birthplace of TSA.