On the fourth floor of the South Carolina State Museum, outside the Springmaid sheets exhibit sits a piece of steel. One side is smooth; the other side is rough and misshapen, as if it had melted. This is no ordinary piece of steel, it is a piece of the World Trade Center that was destroyed on 9/11.
I am a volunteer at the State Museum and I have guided many SC schoolchildren past that piece of steel. I ask them to reach out and touch it and remember the 3000 lives that were lost that day. I show them the adjoining photograph taken from the International Space Station that day with the plume of smoke clearly visible rising from Ground Zero. I also tell them about the time in the 1970s, when I was in New York for Thanksgiving, when I went to the top of the World Trade Center.
That piece of steel is still there. It is there to remind us of the lives that were lost that day. It is there to remind us of the heroes of that day and it is there to remind us how our country was changed on that day.
You, too, can see that piece of steel. As you look at it remember that it is a reminder to us to remember the victims of that day, to remember the heroes of that day and to move forward.
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