September eleventh artifacts head to Hattiesburg

© Chief David Webster
© Chief David Webster

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On September second, a portion of the wreckage from the September eleventh attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, will be coming to Hattiesburg.

On Thursday, Hattiesburg Fire Chief, David Webster, was busy explaining this important event to the city's downtown association.

Webster explained that the artifacts are coming to Hattiesburg due to an initiative called "Twisted Steele." The portion of the twin towers will arrive in Hattiesburg next Friday, and it will be on display in the downtown area on Saturday afternoon.

During the Southern Miss football game's halftime ceremony on September third, the artifacts will be presented to the university's President, Martha Saunders, by Mayor Johnny DuPree.

Southern Miss is planning to incorporate the artifacts into a memorial to the victims of September eleventh, 2001. On Thursday, Chief Webster spoke about the significance of having these artifacts in Hattiesburg.

Webster said, "They are going to give a, I think a tangible expression to the emotions we all felt that day and to remember. And to actually have a connection with New York, with what they went through. Especially in the fire services, it's extremely important to us because of the number of fire fighters that were lost on that day."

During the halftime ceremony on Saturday, Webster said football fans will have an opportunity to see the remnants and reflect on the events of that day nearly ten years after the terrorist attacks.

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