World Trade Center Steel Brought to Brick

Piece of the former World Trade Center to become part of permanent monument

No one in Brick will ever forget.

That was the message sent by local officials to those gathered at Friday as a piece of steel from one of the towers of the former World Trade Center in New York City was brought to the township by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The 118 pound, 41 inch-long piece of steel didn't look pretty. There was some rust, some burn marks and some dirt. But that was the way it's supposed to look, a reminder of the disastrous events of Sept. 11, 2001 when a group terrorists flew airliners into the buildings, demolishing them and killing 3,000 people in the process.

"It's part of that healing process," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis. "Our Angel in Anguish, plus the steel, really symbolizes what the American people are made of."

"We're humbled to have it."

Bill Baroni, Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority, said Acropolis fought hard to have the piece of steel brought to Brick, home of the monument, and also home of eight of Ocean County's 19 Sept. 11 victims who were killed in the attacks.

"For all of those that we lost, this is a permanent memorial to them," Baroni said.

Pointing to a group of children playing at the park who he said looked too young to have been born when the attacks occurred, he said, "That's why this is so important for this to be here in Brick Township."

The Township plans on placing the artifact on permanent display near the Angel in Anguish Monument which sits in the center of the park, overlooking the Metedeconk River.

The monument, designed by local sculptor Brian Hanlon, bears the name of the eight township residents who were killed: John Badagliacca, Brett Bailey, Robert Devitt, Michael Diehl, John Perconti, James Sands, Thomas Sgroi and Christopher Traina.

Laraine May 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Thank You to the Port Authority for giving us another day to recognize and again to Never Forget.
Trish May 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Thank you Mayor Acropolis for all your efforts to bring a piece of the World Trade Center to Brick Township. We will never forget.
Andy Barcellona May 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM
As I lost my coworkers on United Flts 93 and 175 at the World Trade Center and Shanksville, Pa it is a nice tribute so we do not ever forget those heroic crew members and passengers. Thanks to those that made the memorial possible.
Mrgrumpass May 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Thank you Port Authority this brings us closer to our lost brothers and sisters on 911 Thank You and Mayor !
Mrgrumpass May 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I do have a question regarding this solemn event why didn't Councilman Brando dress properly, and shouldn’t he be at work at the MUA? Same old, Same old no class and no accountability!
common sense May 19, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Really!! This is not about politics! What is wrong with you people??!!
Tapuout May 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Please shut up and stop making everything about politics you people need to get a life, 911 will never forget
J.JONES May 19, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Something like this event deserves to thank everyone involved in getting this for our town..and give a moment of silence and pray this never happens again..this isn't about republican..democrat ...!!!!
none of yobusiness May 20, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Remember the days after 9/11 when there was no crime, everyone was polite to one another, no political differences? It's sad that we went back to our old ways isnt it?
Loisanne Diehl August 27, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Thank you, Mayor Acropolis, for everything you and the residents of Brick Township did in memory of my husband and the seven others we lost from our community. Loisanne Diehl and children


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