Posted by: gmontealegre | September 12, 2011

Linden Receives a Part of WTC from #9/11

Linden, NJ – A piece of the twisted steel recovered from the WTC after the 9/11 attacks  will be permanently on display in the City of Linden.

Mayor Richard Gerbounka at unveiling of WTC 9/11 Memorial

Mayor Richard Gerbounka unveiled an I-beam donated to the city by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to honor the victims of 9/11.

“The twisted steel will serve as a reminder to all of us of that horrific day,” said Mayor Gerbounka. “It is important to continue to remember so as they say, if you forget history you are bound to repeat it, and we will never, never, let another September 11 occur.”

#WTC 9/11 Memorial in Linden, City Hall, Wood Avenue

Union County elected officials, members of the Linden Fire and Police Departments, Linden Veterans and others responsible for the installation of the monument and who donated their time and effort were in attendance at the unveiling. Charles Delco received a special mention from Master of Ceremonies, Councilman Jack Sheehy, for his efforts in securing funding and for diplomatically dealing with all the parties to identify an appropriate location for Linden’s permanent 9/11 Monument.  The monument’s site is located in front of City Hall on Wood Avenue. Mayor Gerbounka said all Linden residents will be able to see and touch the piece of steel so they can understand why the victims were never found, “the extreme heat twisted the metal like paper.

Linden’s connection to the rescue efforts at the WTC included the participation of Linden’s Police and Fire Departments who substituted for their colleagues in Staten Island while Staten Island firefighers and police responded to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.  Later volunteers were needed to assist in the recovery efforts at the Fresh Kills Landfill and Linden again helped in the sifting and search for human and personal remains of the victims. “Linden’s “Jaws of Life”

Councilman Sheehy, Master of Ceremonies

were used to pry open the cars as they arrived at the Fresh Kills, to try to find victims or personal belongings. Our men helped for about six months,” said the Mayor.

Among those watching the unveiling of Linden’s 9/11 Memorial was Jeff Moreno with his son Nicky. Moreno said he brought his son although he wasn’t born yet when 9/11 happened,

Jeff Moreno and son Nicky

“So he never forgets the lives that were lost that day,” said Moreno.

Cheryl, who did not want to be identified further, was there with her children and her husband who is an officer in Linden.

Gwendolyn Archie, an employee at the Port Authority (PA), who worked on the 67th floor of the WTC, said ten years later she is still emotional about the WTC attack. She survived because a change in her routine saved her life that day.

Gwendolyn Archie

She usually had breakfast at the PA’s cafeteria but on the morning of September 11, 2001 she decided to have breakfast on the WTC Concourse. She was able to escape soon after the first plane hit after someone yelled for everyone to get out.

This Tenth Anniversary of the WTC helped many share feelings they had not shared before.

A separate memorial will be held for Linden resident Wanda Green, who was an airline stewardess on Flight 93.


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