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World Trade Center Steel on Display in Pike County

As people across the nation prepare to mark the anniversary of 9/11, a large piece of steel from the World Trade Center site is now on display in Milford.
People across the nation will pause Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks.

As events are held across the country, a large piece of the World Trade Center site is also currently on display in Pike County.

A group known as HONORS (Housing Our Nations Outstanding Returning Soldiers) put a large piece of steel on display outside the Milford Fire House.

One of the founding members of HONORS is a resident of Shohola in Pike County. After 9/11, he was the lead superintendent for the clean-up and recovery efforts.

"Just this piece of it weighs 5,300 pounds so it would have been one of the main re-enforcement pieces of steel of the towers," Tracey Vitchers, HONORS public relations spokeswoman said.

The piece of steel has been on display since September 2nd and will remain in Milford until September 14th.

"It means so much to the community. I'm here everyday and I've seen so many people come by, stop by, cry, leave a note, leave patches and just touch the steel so it's an honor to have this piece of steel and I hope it heals some wounds," Milford Mayor Bo Fean said.

This is the first time this piece of steel from the World Trade Center site has been put on display to the public.

The steel will soon head to Wisconsin to become part of a permanent memorial to one of the victims killed on 9/11.

Milford's mayor says for it to be on display in his town, a commuting community near the New York border, is a big deal.

"There's a lot of people that were affected that worked down there and lost a lot of loved ones down there so people have come from all over the area to come down and take a look at the steel," Mayor Fean said.

Pike County resident Charles Vitchers, who served as the lead superintendent during the World Trade Center recovery and clean-up, helped make the public display possible.

His family hopes it can be used as a teaching tool.

"Nine-eleven for the first time this year is being taught in history classes but it never has been before so you have this entire generation of kids who maybe doesn't know a lot about 9/11. They don't have a context for it, so this gives parents an easy way to teach kids about 9/11, bring them here and show them the steel," Tracey Vitchers said.

The group HONORS has the main goal of building new or remodeling and adapting existing homes to accommodate the special needs of our veterans returning from war. They are currently building homes for two soldiers in Alabama and Ohio.

The HONORS group was founded by Charles Vitchers and Gordon Haberman, who lost his daughter Andrea in the 9/11 terror attacks.

For more information on their efforts, visit www.honorshousingvets.org











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