9/11 steel in Connecticut

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June 28, 2011, 7:38 pm

(NECN: Brian Burnell) - Army reservists from the 411 Civil Affairs Battalion in Danbury, Connecticut pulled into the Military Museum of Southern New England with what you might call modern war artifacts.

Two pieces of steel that were once part of the the World Trade Center in New York. With the tenth anniversary of 9-11 coming up museum officials are hoping to add to their already impressive collection with these pieces helping launch an expansion. Sgt. John Lebherz lead his volunteers on this mission that touched the soldier.

"I get emotional. I've been there a few times to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Lost some buddies. Did some great things. What happened is unacceptable on 9-11."

To help remember that day and the wars that followed the museum will use this steel at a centerpiece.
Out of necessity the museum right now is dedicated to World War I and World War II because they haven't got the space. Well, that's not true. They do but its upstairs and they need an elevator to open it up for more modern warfare artifacts. And it's hoped that this piece of 9-11 history can help them raise the money.

John Valluzzo is the Museum President. "There's some Korea and some Vietnam but we don't have Iraq or our latest over in Afghanistan. So its kind of appropriate that this might help bring that about. This certain is modern military history for the fact that the seals were the ones that were able to capture and eliminate Osama bin Laden."

The display will honor those seals and the first responders to the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Tags: connecticut, Afghanistan, 9/11, World Trade Center, Brian Burnell, Military Museum of Southern New England
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