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.

Related Coverage:

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

Remembering 9/11 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum — KTLA 5

Wreckage From 9-11 Attacks Travels to Nixon Library— Fox 11

9/11 remnants delivered to Richard Nixon Library — KABC 7

Today in Pictures: September 6, 2011 — ABC News

WTC Steel Beams, NYC Fire Truck On Display For 9/11 Anniversary — CBS 2/KCAL 9

16 Tons Of World Trade Center Wreckage To Act As Centerpiece Of 9/11 Tribute At Nixon Library— KNX 1070 News Radio

Wreckage from World Trade Center disaster moves to Nixon Library for 9/11 tribute — 89.3 KPCC

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.