The Historic Preservation Division serves as the caretaker for this important component of the 9/11 Memorial in Prince William County.
The construction of the World Trade Center was so massive that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sought steel from multiple foundries. One source was the Gainesville, Virginia based Atlas Machine & Iron Works. Specializing in weldments, Atlas was responsible for construction of the box columns at the base of the Twin Towers.
In 2010, Prince William County acquired four steel beams from the New York/New Jersey Port Authority. The combined beams weigh 59,768 pounds. After a period of painstaking restoration work and two months of planning, preparation and construction, the four steel beams from the World Trade Center were moved to the 9/11 Memorial. Three of the beams that create the monument stand clustered, leaning together at angles, to depict how the beams may have fallen. The fourth beam stands upright, apart from the others.
On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people died in the unprecedented attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Prince William area lost the most people of any region in the metro area, 22 in all. Their names are etched into the Liberty Memorial located near the World Trade Center Steel at the Prince William County Government Center. Their names are listed below so they will not be forgotten:
- Sergeant First Class John J. Chada, U.S. Army, Retired
- Petty Officer Third Class Jamie L. Fallon, U.S. Navy
- Amelia V. Fields
- Lt. Col. Robert J. Hymel, U.S. Air Force, Retired
- Sergeant Major Lacey B. Ivory, U.S. Army
- Judith L. Jones
- David W. Laychak
- James T. Lynch, Jr.
- Gene E. Maloy
- Robert J. Maxwell
- Molly L. McKenzie
- Craig J. Miller
- Diana B. Padro
- Rhonda S. Rasmussen
- Edward V. Rowenhorst
- Judy Rowlett
- Donald D. Simmons
- Jeff L. Simpson
- Cheryle D. Sincock
- Chief Information Systems Technician Gregg H. Smallwood, U.S. Navy
- Sergeant Major Larry L. Strickland, U.S. Army
- Sandra L. White