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Greenburgh 9/11 Wall Adds World Trade Center Piece

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Central Avenue’s Sept. 11 memorial has new meaning with the addition of its newest piece – a scrap of steel from the World Trade Center, town officials said.

The small, twisted piece of brown, rusted metal was bolted to the People’s Memorial monument at Richard Presser Park earlier this week.

Resting in the upper left corner of the 120-foot wall, the 1.5-foot artifact has become a special addition to the Hartsdale memorial, Supervisor Paul Feiner said.

“I think a lot of people who come to look at it will take a moment to reflect on the tragedy of 9/11 and I think it makes the whole 1,700-tile wall very special and it will be special for a lot of people,” Feiner said.

Town officials first learned the piece would be coming to Greenburgh late last summer. But when it arrived, the town was unsure of how to appropriately display the piece and officials opted to store it away.

This year, after consulting with the artist who designed the Presser Park wall, the town decided the memorial would be a good home for the tribute.

This month, Greenburgh public works and parks department workers began the task of securing the small scrap to the wall.

Now, the artifact, bolted with two screws to the wall, joins over 1,700 tiles painted by Westchester County residents in 2002. Above the tiles sits a smoke sculpture that fades into a series of doves.

Officials are unsure of exactly what World Trade Center building the steel is from but say they welcome the addition.

“Having a piece of the World Trade Center gives the memorial wall more meaning and kind of ties it all together,” Parks Department Director Michael Nestler said.

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