'Piece of American History' coming to Quincy

Quincy is to receive a steel artifact just like this one that traveled the nation as a memorial for 9/11 / file photo

UPDATED: Thursday, Sept 8 at 11 a.m.

A piece of the world trade center antenna was erected as a memorial at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The part will be permanently displayed at City Hall Plaza in Quincy.

The project will be honored in a grand ceremony Sunday, September 11th at 3 p.m.


UPDATED: Sunday, July 17 at 9:09 p.m.

A piece of American history has made it's way to Quincy.

Less than one percent of the debris from the World Trade Center buildings has been saved.

Agencies from all over the Tri-States welcomed a piece of the World Trade Centers Sunday to it's new home at City Hall .

"The mayor and I were sitting here in the parking lot last September and we knew the 10th year was coming up so we said let's do something. He asked me to look around and see what was going on. So, I got on the internet and saw that the Port Authority was allowing people to get artifacts," said City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp.

The city applied for the piece the first of the year. Then, they were given the opportunity to select from four pieces this past March. This piece has a special connection to Quincy.

"This is part of basically an antenna stand, if you will, that was on top of World Trade Center Building #1. It was a broadcast antenna that was manufactured by Harris Broadcast Corporation was actually on top of this piece of metal," said Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning.

"Actually, I worked for Harris Corporation back in the late 70s. I did the design work, the mechanical design work for that antenna. I've been to the World Trade Centers, I've been on the roof. And been in that area for that design effort. So, that meant something to me and that's what drew me also to it because it had that connection to Quincy," said Steinkamp.

"For me personally, it just means an acknowledgement of all the efforts that all of us in public safety have done over the years," said Chief of EMS Paul Davis.

"I was in the military when that happened, so it was actually a big surprise when it actually happened. So, actually to see this is a very good honor for us. Not just the city of Quincy but around the surrounding agencies also," said Steven Denton

"I see the young and the old and we can't forget what happened that day, the terrible thing that happened. And, again to pay tribute to remember those who gave their lives," said Steinkamp.

The steel piece will be placed in Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza at City Hall next to the September 11th memorial.

There will be a dedication ceremony on Sunday, September 11 honoring all Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services Personnel and the innocent lives lost on that tragic day 10 years ago.


A steel artifact from the remains of theis headed to Quincy just in time for the remembrance of the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Quincy Mayor John Spring announced Thursday that the City of Quincy applied to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to obtain the artifact and was recently granted its request.

This piece of steel from the antenna tower that was located on World Trade Center Building #1 has a special tie to the City of Quincy. The 15 foot long, 7,000 pound piece of steel supported a television broadcasting antenna that was designed and manufactured in Quincy, Illinois by the Harris Corporation.

On Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3 p.m. a caravan of Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services vehicles will escort the steel artifact from Quincy Regional Airport to Quincy City Hall at 8th and Maine Streets.

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(The caravan route will proceed west on IL Route 104 (Broadway) from the airport to 52nd Street, turning south to Maine Street and then proceeding west on Maine Street to City Hall.)

Plans are underway to permanently erect the artifact near the existing 9/11 Memorial located at the Quincy City Hall Plaza.

There will be a dedication ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 2011 honoring all Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services Personnel and the innocent lives lost on that tragic day 10 years ago.