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Arkansas city to be new home of Sept. 11 memorial

EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - A southern Arkansas city will be the new home for a memorial to the approximately 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Local and state police officers escorted a twisted steel beam that was recovered from the first tower of the World Trade Center through Arkansas on Friday as it traveled on a flatbed truck to El Dorado.

El Dorado fire and police chaplain Sterling Claypoole says El Dorado finished an application process and was granted the 700-pound steel object.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the World Trade Center property, salvaged pieces of metal and other rubble left when the towers collapsed.

The city will officially dedicate the memorial on Sept. 10.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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