By Brad Segall
COATESVILLE, Pa. (CBS) – Many communities around the Delaware Valley will mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks today including Coatesville where the Chester County city has a unique connection to the Twin Towers.
Coatesville is home to the largest collection of World Trade Center steel outside New York City. That’s because what used to be Lukens Steel created steel for the lobby and nine floors of the Twin Towers. More than three years ago a procession of 28 tractor trailers carried ten steel “trees” from Queens to Coatesville.
Jim Ziegler is executive director of the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum.
“Marking the trail on the way back there were towns that were waving flags, but when they got back here to Coatesville the streets were lined,” Ziegler said. “So there’s a very strong connection.”
The ceremony will feature speakers, local singers and the ringing of a bell marking the times when the planes crashed into the buildings. The backdrop will be a new Steel Workers’ Memorial using a piece of the steel. Their goal is to erect seven more at some point reconfiguring the northeast corner of the North Tower.