Some people cried and others looked on in awe as a truck carrying nearly 60,000 pounds of wreckage from the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center pulled up to the Prince William County government center Thursday.

The four steel beams arrived from New York City around 9 a.m., making a brief stop at the government center before heading to the Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville. Prince William police escorted the steel to the government center where almost 100 people waited for its arrival. Some, including local firefighters and elected officials, climbed aboard the flatbed truck to touch a piece of history.

“It was a moving experience for a lot of people,” said Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large). “This is a piece of American history. The citizens of Prince William County for generations to come will have an opportunity to reach out and touch the steel and reflect on how Sept. 11, 2001 changed our world forever.”

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