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Sunday, September 11, 2005

9-11 America will not Waver

We took a journey to Salem Virginia, and found a relic of the World Trade Center.

Beam 254 was lifted by crane 2797 as the rubble of the aftermath of 9-11 was being removed. With a closer look you can see how the heat had distorted this beam. Originally. these twin beams were a vertical support for the North Tower from the 33rd floor to the 36th floor.

On 9-11-2001, these beams crashed to the ground, and history forever was changed for many of us, in a day of tragic events, that seared our memories with a lasting scar, as much as events of 9-11 seared through the flesh of our friends, loved ones, and people who we may not have known, but deep inside know them, Americans with flesh and blood much like our own.

They did not die in vain.

Each one of us, knows the common danger now. On that day, it was our Pearl harbor, our call to be vigilant, our need to reaffirm our solidarity, to stand together look our enemy in the eye, and state plainly to them you have awaken the eagle inside us. And you will not tread on us.

Some when they look at the outside in, think America has been wavering, that we have lost our resolve. They do not know us. Terrorists will find no rest, we will beat them from their holes, no matter who is in office, no matter what party prevails in an election, because we are Americans and we won't step away from the fight. In Salem, you can drive down 460 and you will see our flag flying built from a twin I beam of the tower that will always remind us.

From Virginia Brick's website:

"Old Virginia Brick's 50-foot 9/11 Flagpole Memorial is located in front of the company's corporate offices and manufacturing plant at 2500 W. Main Street in Salem, VA. It honors the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the heroic acts of the firefighters, emergency personnel, law enforcement officers and others in the days that followed. "

"The beams were obtained through Old Virginia Brick's distributor in New York with assistance from Cycle Systems of Roanoke. Lynchburg Crane Co. donated its services to lift the 14,000 pounds of steel into place on December 6, 2002. "

"The memorial was dedicated in solemn public ceremony on April 28, 2003. The dedication speakers included Old Virginia Brick President and CEO Fletcher Smoak, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Capt. Richard Rotanz of the New York City Fire Department."

Photo taken by Bob


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