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Posted at 7:01 AM ET, 11/24/2010

O'Malley receives World Trade Center beams for Maryland 9/11 memorial

By John Wagner

911.3.jpgThree 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.

Thumbnail image for 911.1.jpgPlans 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."

911.4.jpgA 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.

By John Wagner  | November 24, 2010; 7:01 AM ET
Categories:  Governor, John Wagner  
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