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World Trade Center steel artifacts coming to Huntington

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Published: May. 12, 2016 at 12:21 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nearly 15 years after the worst terror attack in our country's history, a local convoy of volunteers is bringing two pieces of steel pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center following 9/11.

The group left New York City Thursday morning after picking up two large pieces of rail tacks that were part of the path rail system that ran under the World Trade Center's Twin Towers during 9/11.

The convoy consists of the Patriot Guard, Huntington Police Department and various chapters of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Red Knights International Firefighters Club.

The group is documenting its trip on Facebook.

Tom Bowen, who helped FEMA's search and rescue team in the months following 9/11 says it's been amazing seeing all of the support getting these steel artifacts back the Huntington.

"Guys, this is what it's all about," he said. "Men and women coming together, right now, with all of the divisiveness going on in our country with politics, and whatnot, it's nice to see people coming together and putting that aside. And be Americans, the way we're supposed to be."

The group is expected to be back in Huntington around 6 p.m. Thursday.

A ceremony will be held at Pullman Square at 7 p.m. (or at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena is there is rain).

The 900 block of 3rd Avenue, the 200 block of 7th Street and the 1000 block of Commerce Avenue will close at 5 p.m. in preparation for the arrival. The roads are expected to be reopened by 10 p.m.

12 p.m. Update: