Prince William County supervisors will be in New York and New Jersey on Wednesday to sift through artifacts left from the World Trade Center wreckage and, they hope, to secure one for the county’s Sept. 11, 2011 memorial.
Prince William County Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart, (R-At Large) supervisors Maureen S. Caddigan (R-Dumfries) and John T. Stirrup (R- Gainesville) and a few county officials left Tuesday and plan to meet with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Wednesday morning.
“The timing is really fitting because of recent events but this has been in the works for over a year,” Stewart said. “We have a piece of the Pentagon and granite from Pennsylvania, so this is the missing piece.”
Prince William lost 22 residents, including a volunteer firefighter, during the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks at both the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Firefighter Jeff Simpson happened to be in New York that day and when a call for help went out, he volunteered his service, but never made it home.
Due to an overwhelming number of requests for artifacts from the World Trade Center, Prince William almost lost its shot at securing one, county officials said. But, Supervisor Stirrup was able to use connections he had with New Jersey officials to ensure the county got a piece of the steel or concrete that was left from the wreckage.
“This completes our park and it’s a way to honor everyone we lost,” Stirrup said.
Once they select the artifact it will be shipped to the county and displayed at Freedom Park, a memorial park outside the James J. McCoart Administration Building.