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Warner Robins to display steel from World Trade Center

ASSOCIATED PRESSThe ruins of the World Trade Center continue to smolder almost a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in 2001. The city of Warner Robins is receiving a piece of steel from the structure’s ruins.
ASSOCIATED PRESSThe ruins of the World Trade Center continue to smolder almost a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in 2001. The city of Warner Robins is receiving a piece of steel from the structure’s ruins. AP

WARNER ROBINS — Fourteen years after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, a piece of steel from the structure’s ruins is on its way to the front lawn of City Hall, where it will be displayed beside a long-anticipated veterans memorial.

The steel is currently in Covington, which Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms said also received a piece of the World Trade Center.

“I haven’t seen it yet, but it is in the state,” Toms told the Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday morning. “I’m hoping we’re going to be driving up there in the next couple days to pick it up.”

Toms said it was a “pretty rigorous process” to get the steel.

“In my letter to the commissioner of the fire department of New York, I did happen to mention that I was a 27-year firefighter,” Toms said with a chuckle.

“It’s going to be a draw down here to this area. Not just that but the whole memorial,” Toms said. “From what I understand, all of the council is in favor of going forward with (putting) the memorial out front.”

City Councilman Mike Davis, a retired city firefighter, said thinks the steel “will be a tribute to our country and a tribute to our first responders.”

“It’s a huge event in our lifetime,” Davis said of Sept. 11, 2001. “I think to have something to recognize the people that fell that day ... if we can do it tastefully, I think it’s a good thing.”

City Councilman Tim Thomas said the memorial will be unique and “something that will add to the veterans memorial.”

“I’m kind of looking forward to it,” Thomas said. “I think it’s pretty neat.”

In other business Tuesday:

The agency discussed plans to put new signs and landscaped ponds in the Donald S. Walker Business Park.

Officials said the Air Gas building at 212 Watson Blvd. will be demolished in coming weeks.

Toms announced the proposed tax allocation district in the city is in no way connected to the foreign investment program council discussed.

“Any connection to EB-5 and TAD is a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts,” Toms said.

To contact writer Laura Corley, call 744-4334 or follow her on Twitter @Lauraecor.

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