New World Trade Center Memorial Gives University Of Houston Special Honor

World Trade Center Memorial
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The University of Houston has unveiled its new World Trade Center memorial featuring a piece of the former twin towers in New York. That makes UH the only university in Texas to own a piece of the old World Trade Center.

Pipers from the Houston Fire Department and members of Texas Task Force 1, who deployed to New York after the September 11 attacks, were part of the dedication ceremony outside the newly renovated University Center.

UH is the first and only university in Texas that has a piece of the World Trade Center on its campus.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, who was part of the Task Force, says it’s the right place for the 3,888-pound steel beam.

"We should always work together to ensure that nothing of this magnitude ever happens here again. And for young people who are coming to this institution to build on their education and on their vision for the future, I think this is one of the most appropriate places where such an artifact could be at."

The university applied for a piece of the World Trade Center to the New York and New Jersey Port Authority in 2009. A student brought up the idea to the Student Government Association, which then worked with UH Chancellor Renu Khator on the application.

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