Fanfare to surround WTC beam transport

A procession of fire, police and military vehicles will carry a piece of one of the most tragic events in U.S. history from UCCS to the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station Nov. 19.

A rusty, twisted, 750-pound beam from the World Trade Center will be moved by motorcade following a 9:30 a.m. ceremony at El Pomar Plaza at UCCS. The ceremony will include members of the CU Board of Regents in addition to representatives from UCCS, the military, and the National Homeland Defense Foundation.

The beam is on campus as a group of UCCS senior engineering students examine it as part of efforts to design a monument that will be displayed at Cheyenne Mountain. The team will work with Peter Gorder, associate professor, Engineering, and other students to complete a design for submission to the National Homeland Defense Foundation which will commission the monument’s creation.

Following the ceremony, the convoy will proceed east on Austin Bluffs Parkway to Union Blvd. before proceeding south to Cheyenne Mountain Air Station. Colorado Springs Police Department motorcycle officers will lead the procession that will include UCCS police cars, a military security detail, a Colorado Springs Fire Department pumper truck, and assorted other UCCS and Air Force vehicles in addition to a large flatbed truck carrying the beam.

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