O'Malley receives World Trade Center beams for Maryland 9/11 memorial
Three fused steel beams that survived the collapse of the North Tower of New York's World Trade Center were presented Tuesday to a visibly moved Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) at a solemn ceremony in Baltimore.
Plans call for the artifact to be resurrected as the centerpiece of a Maryland 9/11 memorial to debut in time for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"I was a little caught off guard," O'Malley acknowledged to the crowd, shortly after the beams arrived strapped to a flatbed truck. He called them a "holy and sacred relic."
A Maryland delegation recently selected the artifact from a warehouse in New York, where governments from across the country have been invited to retrieve a part of a history.
According to O'Malley's office, several local governments have done so, but Maryland is the only state besides New York to take an artifact from the Twin Towers for display.
| November 24, 2010; 7:01 AM ET
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