HOBART, OK – The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum will receive a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center to add to their collection of items telling the story of the United States military and the service of retired Gen. Tommy Franks.
The I-beam will be making several stops on Tuesday, Oct. 20 through Oklahoma on the way to its permanent home at the Museum.
The public is invited to attend the following events on Tuesday, Oct. 20:
10 a.m. ceremony Fire Station #1, 820 NW 5th Street, Oklahoma City, OK
10:45 a.m. escort I-40 westbound from Oklahoma City to Weatherford, OK.
12:30 p.m. ceremony Stafford Air & Space Museum, 3000 Logan Rd., Weatherford, OK.
1:15 p.m. escort I-40 westbound from Weatherford, Okla. to Clinton, OK.
2 p.m. ceremony Oklahoma Veterans Center- Clinton Division, 1701 S. 4th St., Clinton, OK.
2:45 p.m. escort US-183 southbound from Clinton, Okla. to Hobart, OK.
4 p.m. ceremony General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, 507 S. Main St. Hobart, OK.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to view the artifact, listen to a short program and ceremony, sign a banner with well-wishes and experience a photo opportunity.
The I-beam comes from The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The artifact was part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington, D.C., a collection that was used to analyze the effect of various steel and metals used on building safety.
The interior, steel I-beam measures 14-feet long and weighs 3,000 lbs. Due to the connection plates attached along the web, it is most likely part of the flooring system or an interior connection to the exterior of the World Trade Center buildings. The beam shows cold compression damage, or damage from the weight of collapse, and is most likely from Two World Trade Center.
“The Museum is honored to receive this sacred artifact and allow the public to continue to learn about the implications of the events of September 11, 2001,” said retired Gen. Tommy Franks. “We are proud to have the opportunity to be an extension of the Port Authority’s mission to preserve the artifacts and create long-lasting memorials to continue to recognize the significance of the men, women, children and families who were lost and greatly impacted that day.”
The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum was created as a historical foundation dedicated to telling the story of the United States military and education. The world-class Museum is housed in a remodeled, 9,500-square-foot building in downtown Hobart, OK. Its mission is to advance the understanding of historical events, encourage leadership development and inspire enlightened decision-making by providing a forum for critical thinking through scholarly research, exhibits and public programs. For more information visit TommyFranksMuseum.org.