Ground Zero artifact to arrive in Freeport

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FREEPORT — A 20-foot, 50,000-pound piece of steel salvaged from Ground Zero in New York City will be delivered Saturday, to be used in a 911 monument to the Twin Towers.

Elaine Green, the 911 Committee chairwoman and a member of the Freeport Flag Ladies, said the steel beam is expected to arrive in town around 11:30 a.m., at the corner of Main and West streets near the Police Department.

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, and representatives for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, are expected to attend.

After the presentation, the steel will be removed and cut in half to create a monument with two standing towers for an unveiling on Sept. 11, Green said.