In the fall of 2011, the City of New York Port Authority gave this World Trade Center artifact from the CIA.
A rust-colored steel column salvaged from the rubble of the World Trade Center has moved to its new memorial location, along a wooded walkway outside CIA headquarters just outside the capital city of the country.
The column weighs 9,000 pounds and is a whopping 17 feet long. It was of the World Trade Center Building Six, located on the basement level.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey gave the artifact to the CIA in the autumn of 2011, and it is housed in the main office until this year.
CIA Museum Director Robert Byer said in the original location, the relic was a haunting reminder to passers-by.
“Because it is in a closed space, when you walked past it, noticed the smell of smoke. Fifteen years later, can you remember the smell of the smoke of 9/11,” Byer said on the CIA website.
On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist-guided planes were flown into New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and a third crashed into a field in Pennslyvania, in an attack planned by Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin laden. Bin laden was killed in May 2011 during a US Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan ordered by President Barack Obama. Nearly 3,000 died in the attack.
CIA employees gathered Tuesday for a moment of silence at 8:46 pm, the exact time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
CIA Director Gina Haspel told her staff in a note to reflect on the 17th anniversary: “Every year, on the anniversary of 9/11 is a time for both remembrance and renewal. It is a time to remember not only the lives we lost, but also the resilience of the American people, the strength of our values and our determination to stand for terrorism.”
She added: “as much As anyone, the CIA embodied our nation’s fighting spirit after 9/11, putting boots on the ground in Afghanistan just 15 days after the attacks.”
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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