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Portsmouth To Unveil Steel Beam Recovered From World Trade Center Wreckage

Portsmouth Police Department

Friday morning, the city of Portsmouth will unveil a steel beam recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

The ceremony will take place at 8:46 a.m., the same time 14 years ago when the first plane flew into the north tower.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  

Kathe Levesque is executive assistant to the Portsmouth chief of police.

She spearheaded the effort to bring the 1,100-pound beam to the city, and says Portsmouth has a special connection to the events of that day.

"American Airlines pilot Tom McGuinness was a Portsmouth resident and he was a co-pilot of that first plane into the north tower," she said.

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte will attend Friday morning's ceremony at the city’s municipal complex.

Portsmouth is the seventh New Hampshire community to receive an artifact from Ground Zero.

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