Steel beams from World Trade Center on display at Butcher Shoppe

December 15, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Three steel artifacts from the World Trade Center were on display at the Butcher Shoppe in Chambersburg, Pa., on Thursday. The artifacts will be outside the store again on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — As shoppers left the Butcher Shoppe on Stouffer Avenue Thursday, many stopped by the portable display containing steel beams, huge bolts and rubble from the World Trade Center.

Eventually, a permanent memorial containing the trade center artifacts will be erected next to Letterkenny Chapel at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg.

The Letterkenny Chapel 9/11 Franklin County Memorial Committee is spearheading the effort.

"It was a very sad day," Cheryl Alleman of Fayetteville, Pa., said of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks.

Although 10 years have passed since the attacks destroyed the towers and thousands of lives, the 61-year-old woman remembers it like it was yesterday.

She was at work when a co-worker's father called and said that a plane hit one of the towers.

"It is something that I will always remember," Alleman said looking at the chunks of brownish, red steel on the display. "The sad part is that so many innocent people died that day."

For many area people, this is the first time they have seen the remains of Ground Zero.

"I've never seen a piece of it up close," Frank Ervin of Greencastle said as he took a picture with his cellphone.

"I watched it on TV like everyone else, but this kind of brings it home," said Ervin, who's never been to New York City.

Sgt. 1st Class Willett West, 40, collected donations Thursday for the permanent memorial. The dedication is slated for May 19, 2012.

West, who was deployed to Iraq in 2003, said the attacks convinced him to serve his country.

"I love my job, and I love what I do. I will go whenever my job calls to defend America. I'll be one of the first in line. That day means a lot to me," West said.

So far, the memorial has traveled to Shippensburg (Pa.) University and the Butcher Shoppe to inform the public.

There are sponsorships and naming opportunities available for placement at the permanent memorial ranging from $100 to $25,000.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to UCCA/9-11 Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 1052, Chambersburg, Pa., 17201.

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