Oak Forest to Showcase 9/11 Beam in 'I Am An American Day' Parade

The return of the 'I Am an American Day Parade' was already a momentous occasion—but a very special addition will make it even more moving.

A piece of American history will soon arrive in Oak Forest.

The is honored to announce that a steel beam from the World Trade Center will be a part of theParade on Sept. 15.  

The city recently acquired the beam from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with the help of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Senator Maggie Crotty, and Grane Trucking Company in Chicago. 

“Senator Durbin and Senator Crotty were instrumental in helping us acquire a piece of our country’s history,” said Oak Forest Mayor Hank Kuspa.  “Once we received approval from the port authority our only hurdle was transportation. That’s when Grane stepped in and made it happen.”   

Kupsa, who works fulltime as a facilities manager for Grane, worked with the company’s management to find an independent trucker who was willing to pick up the beam in New York and transport it to Oak Forest.  

“We hit a few road blocks along the way, but we made it happen in time for the parade,” Kuspa added.    

The beam, which is mangled and twisted from the terrorist attacks, is approximately seven feet long and weighs approximately 400 pounds. The beam will be carried on a red, white and blue Public Works truck during the parade. 

Eagle Scout September 07, 2012 at 06:24 PM
This is Awesome and I will definitely coming back from School for this. However, I think displaying the Steel Beam would be more appropriately Displayed on a Fire Truck or on a trailer pulled by a Police Car or something of similar Nature. Thats Just how I Personally Feel. /.2cents
Baba Wawa September 08, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The thing is seven feet long and weighs 400 pounds and you want it plopped on top of a fire truck? When it falls off, you want to help put it back up there as well as repair any damage to the truck as a result of it sitting precariously on top of the fire truck?
John Groskopf September 08, 2012 at 07:21 PM
this is really great. where is it gonna be displayed after the parade?
NANCY GRACE September 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Good stuff


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