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    LB Firefighters Help Bring Parts of Sept. 11 Wrecked World Trade Center & Damaged NYC Fire Truck To LB For Memorial Display @ LBCC ELB Campus, Carson @ Clark, Sunday May 18, 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Only

    (May 16, 2003) -- On Sunday May 18, LB residents will have an opportunity to view, to touch, to experience something they will never forget. At roughly 5:30 p.m., 16 tons of steel originally trucked from the World Trade Center, and a damaged NYC 9-11 Fire Truck, are expected to arrive by convoy for a stop at LB City College's ELB campus, Carson St @ Clark Ave.Freedoms Flame preview

    Freedoms Flame preview
    The memorial materials -- brought to LB with help from the LB Fire Dept. and LB Firefighters Local 372, working with the Freedom's Flame Memorial Committee -- will be on display for only a few hours, from about 5:30 p.m. (it's a convoy, they may be a little late) until 10:00 p.m...before moving on.

    Last summer, the items drew crowds in 18 states (photos on this page). They're now on an eight-day journey through 14 California cities stretching from National City to Sacramento organized by the Freedom's Flame Memorial Committee.

    LB Firefighters will serve as a de facto honor guard, escorting the memorial materials as they make their way through Long Beach for display at LBCC on Sunday night.

    Freedoms Flame preview
    Ramcho Cucamonga. Courtesy:

    As explained on their web site (, from a starting point in Rancho Cucamonga the memorial convoy will wind through San Diego and Orange Counties before reaching Long Beach (5:30 p.m. arrival time hoped for). The convoy then heads to Burbank, the Pasadena Rose Bowl, Santa Barbara, Berkeley , Vacaville, Sacramento, Stockton, Tracy, Modesto, Fresno, Kern County and Victorville. Freedomís Flame will arrive back in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, May 25. says in part:

    The World Trade Center steel will be re-fabricated into the superstructure for the 35 foot tall September 11th Memorial called Freedomís Flame. It is a gift from California to New York City in recognition of the sacrifice made by so many innocent people from New York City, at the Pentagon and Shansksville, Pennsylvania. A duplicate Freedomís Flame Memorial will be located in the southern California host city of Rancho Cucamonga, further uniting the East and West Coasts of the nation. It is the only 9-11 Memorial, which will feature remains from all three-crash sites...

    The idea for Freedomís Flame grew from a concept by former San Bernardino County District Attorney and Vietnam Veteran, Dennis L. Stout. Stout also led the efforts to build the San Bernardino County Peace Officersí Memorial, Officer Down. William Lecky, US Army Veteran, of A.I. Architects in Washington, D.C, designed the Freedomís Flame Memorial. Lecky was the Architect of Record for the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial and the Principal Architect and Designer of the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The Sculptor is Lawrence Noble, US Army Veteran, noted throughout California for his Officer Down Peace Officersí Memorial and for the new California Firefightersí Memorial in Capitol Park in Sacramento.

    Freedomís Flame is not designed to be "the World Trade Center Memorial" or to compete with other memorials developed by New York City. It is simply a gift to New York from the people of California in recognition of the sacrifices made by so many on September 11, 2001. Where and how New York City chooses to receive and place Freedomís Flame is entirely up to people of New York City. A duplicate Freedomís Flame memorial is to be built and located in Southern California further uniting the East and West Coasts of our great nation.

    Date: Sunday, May 18
    Place: LBCC ELB campus
    Corner Carson St. at Clark Ave.
    Time: 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

    5:30 p.m. arrival time hoped for, please understand if they're a little late.

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