More than one thousand gathered at the Nixon Library to witness a stirring reminder of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001: the arrival of 20 tons of World Trade Center steel remnants and a New York Fire Department aerial ladder truck damaged during rescue efforts at Ground Zero.
Held less than one week before the 10th anniversary of the tragic events that shook the nation, the arrival ceremony also included remarks by Foundation President Sandy Quinn and Freedom’s Flame 9/11 Memorial Foundation founder Dennis Stout, an emotional wreath laying by Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell, a somber bag pipe arrangement and bell tolling in honor of those who lost their lives, a presentation of the colors by the Navy Sea Cadets, musical performances by the Villa Park High School Band, and a blessing of the steel by local clergy.
Hundreds greet Trade Center wreckage in O.C. — Orange County Register
Nixon Library Showcases 9/11 Artifacts — Whittier Daily News
Wreckage from World Trade Center arrives at Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library — Associated Press
9/11 tribute as relics brought to Nixon library — Agence French Press
9/11 display — San Francisco Chronicle
9/11 Motorcade Arrival Ceremony at Nixon Library — Mark Samala, Daily Titan
Click here to watch video of the arrival ceremonies courtesy of Nixon Library docent J.R. Davis.