Originally published Nov. 7, 2011 in The Daily Princetonian.
If Roy James has his way, Princeton will be host to a 9/11 memorial featuring steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center by Sept. 11, 2012.
James, the deputy chief of the Princeton Fire Department, is currently in talks with New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum about obtaining two of the museum’s steel beams that were recovered from Ground Zero.
“There’s one piece that’s a straight beam, probably eight or nine feet long, and it’s got a few indentations, a few deformities, but it’s not too bad,” James said. “And then there’s another piece that’s an S. It used to be a straight beam and now it’s been twisted into an S-shape.”
James will hear Nov. 9 whether or not Princeton will receive the Intrepid Museum’s steel, but he is meanwhile looking into other sources for steel from the World Trade Center. He has enlisted the help of fellow firefighter Kyle Rendell, an architect with KSS Architecture, and hopes to build a two-part memorial somewhere in the town. The memorial would include two separate sites, one for educating children and one for more somber reflection.
Full article at The Prince.