No shit, can't make this up -- http://www.atomictestingmuseum.org/PDF_downloads/WTC%20Event%20RJ%20012610.pdfhttp://inhabitat.com/nyc/world-trade-center-steel-recycled-into-hundreds-of-memorials-around-the-country/world-trade-center-recycled-steel6/Trade center I-beam
joins Las Vegas museum
Artifact from Sept. 11 attacks part of permanent collection
By KEITH ROGERS
Tuesday Jan 26, 2010
The steel I-beam stands 6 feet tall and
weighs a ton.
Stuck to one side is hardened concrete
that oozed through 14 bolt holes as it was
attached to the floor of the World Trade
Its rusted sides are dimpled from the
tremendous force it endured when the
New York towers collapsed on Sept. 11,
After its jagged, torched edges have
been sealed for protection, the I-beam
section will be mounted in place at the
Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas,
where visitors will be able to walk up
and touch it.
“In the virtual world ... 9/11 in most
people’s minds is a series of photos that
they saw of the airplane hitting the building
and the buildings collapsing
Troy Wade, chairman of the Nevada Test
Site Historical Foundation. “And that’s as
close as they got to it.
“This will allow people to get a step
closer, to actually touch a piece of one of
the most historic occasions in the history
of this country.”
The historical foundation will unveil
the artifacts Feb. 27 at a public event
marking the fifth anniversary of the museum
at 755 E. Flamingo Road.
Lee Ielpi, founder of the September
11th Families Association, will speak at
the event. His son, Jonathan,aNew York
City firefighter, died responding to the
The museum setting should allow visitors
to draw the connection from the end
of the Cold War to the Sept. 11 attacks,
which launched the nation into the war
on terrorism, Wade said last week as he
stood by the pallet supporting the I-beam
after its journey from the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey.
Next to the beam was a 3-foot-long
piece of twisted tubular sheet metal
from the World Trade Center. It will be
preserved in a case next to a hunk of the
Berlin Wall, a piece symbolic of the end
of the Cold War.
The artifacts will be near the end of
the timeline that visitors experience
as they walk through the history of the
atomic age surrounded by items from
the test site, where nuclear weapons
were detonated from 1951 to 1992.
Combined, the artifacts represent “a
seminal piece in the history of the United
States and a big piece in the history of
Nevada,” Wade said.
“We’ve always said the test site helped
win the Cold War, and now the test site
could help win the new war,” he said. He
was referring to the expanded role of
the test site, 65 miles northwest of Las
Vegas, for developing counterterrorism
techniques and devices.
When it opened, the museum displayed
a smaller, 3-foot-long piece of I-beam
from the World Trade Center that was on
loan from Smithsonian Institution.
The permanent I-beam display will
join other items of historical significance
at the museum including Albert
Einstein’s letter to President Franklin
D. Roosevelt about the once-secret
nuclear effort known as the Manhattan
Project and President Harry Truman’s
letter that established the test site as
the nation’s continental nuclear weapons
______________________________I think it's sick to display a piece of the WTC like a trophy at the place where nuclear weapons were born.
Just like the obelisk that commemorates the first nuclear detonation, "trinity".
It is not good for such destruction to be at home here on earth... why, we should send the bomb back to the pit of hell that it came from.
There is nothing to be proud of at white sands or anywhere else, it was a deception of the pit.