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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:25 am Post subject: 9/11 Memorial At Bosselman T/S in Grand Island Ne.
I was thinking of you guys, and I thought you might like this, Blue.
I hadn't stopped at the Bosselman Truck Stop in Grand Island, Nebraska in quite some time. To be honest, I didn't intend to last night either. The plan was to stop at the T/A instead, but I got to feeling a bit nostalgic for one of my old favorite hangouts, so I pulled into the Bosselman instead. I was not aware of the 9/11 memorial steel they now have their until I got up this morning and went inside. There is just something about looking at that twisted steel beam that borders somewhere between eerie and sacred. I went out to my truck and got my camera, and I took a few pictures to share with those of you who haven't made it out that way yet. You can click on the links for the larger view of each image.
This is the view of the memorial from the balcony on the second floor. You can see from the driver standing there the scale of it. It is a really nice setup, with the flags above and the magazines in the case.
Despite the glare, you can see here how the steel beam is twisted off at the end. The letters pictured below describe why it is that way. If you click to view the larger image, you can see the small piece of glass at the base of the beam. This also is a piece of wreckage retrieved from the W.T.C. following the attack of 9/11.
I took these pictures of the letter at the base of the memorial. It struck me that this beam was likely an "exit wound" from the engine or landing gear exiting the south side of the tower. Imagine the force of the impact required to propel this heavy debris through the building, hitting walls and whatever else along the way, with enough force to rip through that thick steel beam on the other side
Again, there is a bit of a glare from the glass, but the larger view of the images alows you to clearly read them.
I wanted to thank the folks over at Bosselman for this fine memorial, and encourage all who get the chance to pass through Grand Island on I80 to stop by and check out this display. For more information on this piece of steel, and how it came to rest here, please read this article at the Bossleman web site. _________________
Glad to hear you are still truckin'...
Been a while, was real surprised when you and Midnight called a few weeks ago!
Thanks for sharing the photos! That day is seared into so many minds...
Weather has been a nightmare this winter in VT, hope your travels have been in less cold, icy, snowy places, at least from time to time...
take care my friend,
Blue _________________ First & foremost, we must be "labeled," being sorted into various groups of "other" is the most important step in "Divide & Conquer" Labels lead to misunderstanding, mistrust, fear - making manipulation easy, we can be counted on to defeat ourselves
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