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For Second Time in Two Months, 9/11 Steel Coming to Barnegat

A 6.5-ton girder from the North Tower will arrive in the township today, destined to become a memorial in front of Town Hall

By day's end, Barnegat will be home to not one but two pieces of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Barnegat resident and 9/11 first responder Charles Giles and other local first responders arranged for another tower piece recovered from the wreckage of Ground Zero and preserved by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to be brought to the township as memorial to those who served and died following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of 2001.

Through the efforts of Giles and others, a 9-foot steel beam was gifted to the Barnegat Township School district in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks, and the steel is now a memorial on school grounds.

But Giles said some in the township's first responder community were disappointed in the way the district chose to accept and memorialize the steel.

"This has been in the works for about three months, and the Township did everything quickly and efficiently with the 9/11 responders," said Giles.

Deputy Mayor Al Cirulli and members of the Barnegat Police Department are joining Giles today to transport the massive steel and concrete girder from a hangar at JFK International Airport to the township municipal building.

The piece weighs 6.5 tons, said Giles, though a section will be going to Pinelands Regional High School in Little Egg Harbor Township. The steel, labeled artifact F-0002, has a powerful history, he said.

"This piece is the base of the North Tower," said Giles, explaining that it's part of one of four major support beams. "This part of the girder survived the attack in 1993."

The beam will become a permanent memorial in front of the municipal building, he said. A ceremony date has yet to be set.

BarnegatBeach October 05, 2011 at 11:10 PM
It is a shame that the first responder community felt disappointed and shut out, I think it was a great memorial and dedication and in an area where our children can be reminded of history that they do not know about. I personally thought the school district did a great job honoring the event and accepting such an important piece of history on behalf of our community. I am sure the memorial at town hall will be done with the same compassion. It is amazing that we will have two such historic pieces in our town, well done.
Bill Cox October 05, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Can anyone please tell me how I can have my name added to the address list of the local 9/11 Responders? I would like to see who are members of this group and when they meet. I for one had NO issues with the way the memorial was handled by the school district. Oh and yes I work for the school district but I would say it either way. I am sure anyone who was present would agree.The whole ceremony was respectful and done with dignity. The entire Barnegat Community was invited. I find it hard to believe that any responder would have felt shut out and left out of the process.
m.myers October 05, 2011 at 11:51 PM
I cant wait for the Ceremony. Its going to be amazing Im sure.
BarnegatBeach October 06, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Well said Bill Cox and I am happy to hear that from a 9/11 responder. As a resident and parent of this community I was proud the day the memorial was done and thought too it was done with great dignity and respect, no politics, just a very proud moment for a little community honoring our heroes. I was very surprised to read this article, all the articles and comments after and during the process were wonderful so this surprised me that there was complaints.
m.myers October 06, 2011 at 08:43 AM
I think the point missing is this has become about the " Heroes" and not about those that lost family and friends on that date. It is very hard in any aspect of life to talk about something painful. A reminder of that pain does not cure it, all it does is open deep emotional wounds. I dont think anyone is questioning how brave the Hero Club is, you all have told many many people, or how sick many of you are, ( got that too) but I think people are just hurt by the thought of having to do this all over again. People died that day, and more than the 16 or so people in the 9/11 Hero Club were hurt forever by this, and by continually erecting monuments all over town honoring yourselves, and continous articles in this "Paper" overlook the deep hurt.
Leroy Souveroff October 06, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I am as much against Islamic Supremism and terrorism as any one. My wife and I were having drinks at the WTC a week before the attack. But enough is enough with this WTC Steel Memorials. What is the cost to the town to create these memorials? I am sure we could find a better way to use that money ! It is enough if we can manage to teach the story truthfully to the school children.
m.myers October 06, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Just a little confused. The story relates apparent unhappiness at the way some 9/11 responders felt about the ceremony presented by your Board of Education on September 16. The quote in the article says " This has been in the works for about three months, and the Township did everything quickly and efficently with the 9/11 Responders." So if it was in the works for about three months that means plans were being made sometime around July, long before the Board of Education ceremony took place, So why were plans started about 3 months ago for a second piece of steel if no one was aware some responders wouldnt be happy with a ceremony that took place September 16?
Ken Bank October 06, 2011 at 08:47 PM
They should put the steel where Sweet Jennys used to be and make a memorial park out of it. They can use the open space funds to pay for it. Perhaps "The Core Group of 9/11 Responders" will work on this and make it happen. We can kill two birds with one piece of steel. Get rid of the mess on Route 9 and have a proper memorial. I have a feeling that if something isn't done soon it will have taken less time to clean up the WTC than the eyesore formerly known as Sweet Jennys.
BarnegatBeach October 07, 2011 at 01:04 AM
If it is about the victims then why are we in need of another memorial because the responders felt shut out? "But Giles said some in the township's first responder community were disappointed in the way the district chose to accept and memorialize the steel, and ended up feeling shut out of the process. They called for a new piece and a new memorial that they could play a larger role in, he said." This does not sound to me to be about the "victims". God bless those who perished and their families, and ALL RESPONDERS, first, second, third, last, volunteers, ordinary people who stood up to help those in need AND our forces who still continue to sacrifice for our freedom. If this was about the "victims" I think a beautiful job was done by our community on September 16th at the memorial service and dedication and a second steel beam would not be needed for those that felt "shut out". This almost feels degrading to the beautiful memorial our town dedicated on 9/16. This no longer seems to be about the victims and now it seems it never was, our town has managed to make this about themselves. Shameful.
m.myers October 07, 2011 at 01:55 AM
What about all the Soldiers who have died in other Wars, most recently the War on Terror. You folks remember that one dont you. Where is the Memorial for them?
Nancy Newsome October 07, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Two thousand seven hundred fifty three people died on the site of the Twin Towers in 2001. Three hundred forty three firefighters lost their lives, thirty seven Port Authority Police Officers lost their lives, twenty seven NYPD Officers lost their lives. It was an act of war on American soil. To have a 9/11 core committee dedicated to having steel transported, not once, but twice, is an act of heroism. But never call a first responder a hero! He or she will say they were, or still are, just doing their jobs! Their were some first responders who ran into the burning Towers, saving hundreds of lives, only returning to work the next day to start digging in vain to try to find some survivors, but to no avail. Post 9/11, the Salvation Army, EMT,s Sanitation Workers, Steel Workers, Volunteers, FF, Police Officers, and others inhaled toxic chemicals from which already over one thousand three hundred lives have been taken. Don't call them heroes, they would have told you otherwise! If the Townshipof Barnegat does not want the steel Mr. Giles worked tiredlessly in getting for them for a memorial for the town, I am sure many other towns, at their expense would take it off their hands. As per our troops, not a day goes by I don't think you and I think about what these men are going through! This memorial has nothing to do about "heroism" but being a true American!
m.myers October 07, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Really, You know I was going to respond to such callous, vicious, hurtful comments with a reply listing other facts, but it is pointless. I wish you all the very best, I hope the hatred you have typed in your words is not the feeling in your Souls. I pray to God for all of you. I also pray for those who lost friends and family that they will be comforted by all this behavior on these pages. I lost friends on that day, and they would want me to forgive, and so I do that in their memory. May God Bless you all.
m.myers October 07, 2011 at 08:49 PM
I referred to Proverbs 28: 13 which says in effect 'Whoever Conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy'. God Bless you all.
... October 07, 2011 at 11:36 PM
A friend won't even go near the beam at the high school due to the horrific memories.
Nancy Newsome October 08, 2011 at 12:02 AM
To m. myers and tax bill, The reason I had gotten involved in this conversation is that a piece of steel was delivered by Mr. Giles to Pinelands HS in Little Egg Harbor, and he said his next stop was Barnegat for their 2nd piece of steel. I thought it was a wonderful idea to have a piece of steel on school property for the sake of history, and the second piece on borough property to perhaps have a generic memorial for all veterans from foreign wars, 9/11 victims,responders and troops.I have seen such memorials,as a matter of fact recently one in Manahawkin. May I ask what the underlying problem is that this whole ordeal seems to be blown out of proportion? Of course 9/11 is filled with horrific memories, as all wars are. Hopefully people one day will find solace, possibly with a higher power, to overcome the hatred and anger built inside against those that attacked the USA. I do not understand quoting the Proverbs. If I should mind my own business, then please say so, I only know Pinelands thanks Mr. Giles for all the hard work he went through to bring the piece of the WTC, a piece of history, to our town. Thank you.
Sean Conneamhe October 08, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Forget about idolizing a ten-year-old piece of scrap metal from a long-demolished New York City office building . Truly honor the victims and survivors of the 9/11 tragedy by ending the Asian-American War and bring all the United States troops safely home to America.
... October 08, 2011 at 02:32 AM
The few people that I know who were there on 9/11 don't talk about that day, don't consider themselves heroes and don't want to be constantly reminded of it as they suffer enough already. Just my observation.
Bill Cox October 08, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Hate to burst your bubble Charlie but your wrong again. I post under my own name and no others. If I have something to say, I say it. No hidden agendas.I don't need a spokesman. I certainly do not need a spokesman to state how I feel about 9/11. As for being above all others, again I have to say your mistaken. I have never needed to use the darkest day in this country's history to justify my existence. I sleep well at night with a clean conscience. That isn't being "smug", that is what being honest looks like. No need to try and bash me here, you know how to reach me. Be well.
Charles J. Giles October 08, 2011 at 06:33 AM
I have deleted my Posts for one reason. Certain People , PLURAL feel they need to hide behind various alias'. Chidish Behavior. To those who posted properly We, The core committee of 9/11 First Responders Thank You. To the others well I dont know what to say. To those who bring God into it, shame on using scripture for pettiness. You will be judged. Thank You.
m.myers October 08, 2011 at 12:46 PM
I love God, and I often bring up God in my conversation, and there is No One who will ever tell me not to, EVER. I hope for a few things regarding the Second Memorial In your town. I hope those that lost loved ones will be able to overcome the sadness of seeing the symbol of what killed those loved ones ( most were killed when the building ie. the steel fell on them) mounted in front of town hall as a " tribute" to them. I hope the '' Core Group" is satisfied with this and there is not a third memorial. I hope the thousands in Barnegat who question the motive for this second memorial learn to forgive and move on. I am never ever ashamed to use Scripture in my life. I hope for you all that you may have Love, Peace, Health, and Happiness in your Lives.
Leroy Souveroff October 08, 2011 at 07:13 PM
What killed people on 9-11 wasn't a piece of steel. That was just a tool. A tool used by a group of people following a funadamentalist belief in their religion that said people that don't believe the way we do are OK to be executed for the pleasure of our God. In this case the God was the one called 'Allah' by Muslims. In other times and places it has been another God.
Sean Conneamhe October 10, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Cristoforo Colombo was the first terrorist to attack America. Let us commemorate 10/12 by placing a charred log from a Native American building at a town hall property or on a college campus.
Nancy Newsome October 10, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Sean, must I say how sick you are to compare the 9/11 terrorist attacks to Christopher Columbus. Get over it, Mr. Giles has. Christopher Columbus was a brave, but very flawed, human being. Even though he made three trips west, he never actually stepped foot on the mainland of North America.
Jeff Scott October 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM
I am so against this issue. Do "we" really need a token displayed to remember what happened? Although it is alleged that the beams are donated, there is assuredly costs incurred that cost the taxpayers money associated with the whole issue. Does anyone have any idea on those costs, or are we just going to accept that everything is FREE? I don't buy it at all, but in reality we all are buying it with our tax dollars. For example; should we take a wrecked car from a DUI that killed my wife and park it at the high school, so my daughter sees it everyday as a constant reminder causing her pain and anguish everyday she "walks" to and from school? While I commend first responders,etc., how about some consideration for those who lost loved ones and/or friends in the attack? To me IMO this seems more about bragging rights than a tribute or learning experience for our children.
... October 12, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Jeff Scott, you have said what I could not...your analogy is on the money. One memorial is one too many as far as I'm concerned. Two is something else. I don't need a reminder of that day nor does ANYONE that I know personally, especially those who were there. We remember. This is a sad publicity stunt for some sad reason. I am sorry for the loss of your wife. You don't need a piece of the wreck to remember that event.
Jeff Scott October 14, 2011 at 08:01 PM
@Tax bill......I appreciate your condolences, but the wife did not die, she's an Ex and it was just an analogy to put my point into perspective. But I re-iterate my question and I guess it would be more for Mr. Giles to respond to since he is intimate with the "project." Mr. Giles, how much did this actually cost the taxpayers? I heard that the beam was donated, but what were the transportation, the construction and ceremonial expenses? If I had all the materials to build a home dropped on an empty lot and they were FREE, would it be fair to say that after all of the construction phases of the home, that the home costs nothing? What about permit fees, masons, framers, roofers, siders, electricians, plumbers, finishers, trimmers, painters, etc? See my point? While I can agree to disagree about the "memorial" on whether it is appropriate or not, when I see what was done and hear the the beam was donated but nothing about other related costs being donated or paid for, I become suspicious. This is not a personal attack on you, but if there are costs that we are not being told and tax dollars being spent, it would be pertinent and honest to disclose those items to the people footing the bill.
F.Lee July 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Can anyone please enlighten the readers of this publication exactly where this second piece of steel noted in this article actually is. It has been 9 months since this article was posted and I would hope the good people involved in this project have decided by now where the steel will be erected.
F.Lee July 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM
There is an article in the Sandpaper about this week regarding the 9/11 steel being put in front of Town Hall. It seems alot like this article, except the author fails to mention it was acquired in October 2011. I hope the good folks from the Patch are able to acquire the particulars of this event.
Transparent C August 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
this whole story is based on whatever this Giles guy is telling reporters and they do nothing to check the truth. He has been all over the place telling people "he" got the steel for this one, he got the steel for that one....not true. He insinuates himself into these arrangements, along with his 2 buddies who are now facing charges, and then tries to hijack the whole event. There were never "responders" who were upset, only he was because he wasn't allowed to make himself the center of attention. That is why everyone is and has been so suspicious of his entire story. Mr. Cox, who is a verified responder, did what needed to be done. It is truly sad.

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