Twin Towers steel headed to USM

August 29, 2011 11:04:00 AM



HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Two pieces of steel from the World Trade Center that collapsed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are on the way to Hattiesburg for a memorial at the University of Southern Mississippi. 




USM says in a news release the fragments are 72 inches long, 12 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Each piece weighs approximately 200 pounds. 




Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree made a request on the city''s behalf for the artifacts almost two years ago. 




USM President Martha Saunders will accept the pieces on behalf of the university during the halftime ceremony of the Golden Eagles'' football season opener against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 3. 




The pieces will make a stop in Atlanta for display outside Turner Field as the Braves host the Washington Nationals on Sept. 1. 




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