Suisun City confirmed this week that steel from the destroyed World Trade Center would arrive in time for a ceremony remembering the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., that killed thousands in 2001.
Fire Chief Mike O’Brien told the Vacaville Reporter newspaper this week that two steel beams recovered from the wreckage of skyscrapers that collapsed after being struck by hijacked airliners would be part of the city’s 10th-anniversary commemoration of the attacks.
Suisun City’s Sept. 11 ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. at Harbor Plaza on the waterfront.
Other remembrance events in Solano County that day include a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. near the steps of the Vacaville Police Dept. at 660 Merchant St., a countywide public safety demonstration and fundraiser in Fairfield at 1:30 p.m. along Civic Center Drive and the 4 p.m. unveiling of a permanent Sept. 11 memorial at the Dixon Fire Dept. at 205 Ford Way.
The arrival of the two 10-foot beams will make Suisun City the fifth Solano County jurisdiction to receive steel from the fallen twin 110-story office buildings for inclusion in city monuments.
Other places in the county that have received the steel are Dixon, Vacaville, Rio Vista and Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.
Suisun City’s steel will tour area schools before becoming part of a permanent memorial, the newspaper said.
O’Brien said the steel had been ordered and approved long ago from a New York program that has distributed pieces of the towers to more than 200 sites nationwide.
More information about the event is available from the Suisun City Fire Department Weblog at http://suisun9-11.blogspot.com or view the department’s Facebook page, the newspaper said.
O’Brien said the goal of the memorial is to recall and honor the bravery of hundreds of rescue workers who risked their lives to enter the burning towers to help people escape.
Many of the rescue workers were killed or seriously injured.
More than 2,700 people died in the collapse of the two buildings, and more than 200 more were kiilled when a hijacked jet struck the Pentagon and another crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers fought with hijackers.