An eight-foot structural beam from the World Trade Center was placed in a Gilbert memorial Monday, marking the beginning of local tributes in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The 1,500-pound beam, once part of the North Tower, was honored by a color guard before it was secured by members of the community, including Mayor John Lewis. The memorial is nearly complete and will be unveiled in a ceremony on Sept. 11.

Prior to being placed, the beam travelled through the town so residents could have the chance to see and touch it. The memorial is designed so that even children will be able to reach out and touch the piece of history.

In the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked by terrorists. Two planes struck each tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, soon leading to the towers’ collapse. Another hit the side of the Pentagon and the last crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers overtook the hijackers. There were nearly 3,000 deaths overall.

Gilbert is seeking videos of no more than 10 to 15 seconds of how you or your family plans to pay tribute. The videos will be used to create a special production to be launched on Gilbert’s Day of Remembrance, Sept. 9, on Channel 11 in Gilbert recreation centers and streaming at online. Post your video on YouTube and email the link to Contact Gilbert with questions or for other ways to submit, at (480) 503-6766. The deadline to turn in videos is Sept. 5.

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