Steel beam saved from Ground Zero on display in Post Falls

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by KREM.com, Dawn Crawley

KREM.com

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 6:34 PM

POST FALLS, ID. -- A piece of September 11th history stopped in North Idaho Thursday night.

A steel beam from Ground Zero in New York City is making its way to Silverdale in Western Washington, but stopped at Cruisers in Post Falls for a special ceremony with police and fire personnel.

"If you get close enough to put your hand on it it will have kind of a feeling of it's own," says Sheri Herberholz, owner of Cruisers. "You'll be kind of surprised what the spiritual feeling is but go ahead climb up there. Just put your hand on it."

Herberholz encourages everyone to touch the piece of steel that came crashing down from the Twin Towers on 9/11. But for Raymond Judge, the feeling of touching the steel runs especially deep.

"I am a relative of a person who was killed at the tower on 9/11," says Judge. His cousin, a chaplain with the New York Fire Department died trying to help victims during the terrorist attack.

"Every time when I mention anything about 9/11 or I see anything I just start breaking down because I'm from that area, I'm from Jersey," says Judge. "I lived there for 20 years and then I moved out here to Idaho."

Herberholz says that's the reason she worked so hard to get the beam to her bar in Post Falls -- so people living in the area have an opportunity to remember 9/11 with a physical reminder.

The beam will head to Kitsap County on Sunday.

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