9/11 steel beam

A 12-foot, 3,000 pound I-beam from the World Trade Center will be on display from 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Yellow Jacket Stadium, 1201 W. Henderson St.

The beam, rubble from the collapse of the WTC following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America came to Cleburne in 2010 carried by a trailer led by a convoy of fire trucks from numerous Johnson County fire departments. 

Now twisted and buckled, the beam once made up part of the north tower of the WTC, somewhere between the fourth and fifth floors.

Cleburne Assistant Fire Chief and former Chief Clint Ishmael traveled to New York in 2010 to retrieve the donated artifact.

“We’re one of 1,039 organizations slated to receive an artifact from the World Trade Center, as I understand,” Ishmael said at the time. “And we’re among the first 100 to have received one.”

The Cleburne Fire Department has displayed the beam publicly on numerous occasions in the years since and always on each 9/11 anniversary.

“We make it a priority that the people who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day will never be forgotten,” CFD Chief Scott Lail said.

Lail and CFD Engineer Ryan Stewart plan to play bagpipes four times today, the performances coming at the times the four planes went down 19 years ago.

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain encouraged residents to take advantage of the opportunity to see and touch a piece of American history.

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