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Portions of Ground Zero to arrive in Prince William

Thursday - 6/16/2011, 6:25am  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - It's about 275 miles from Ground Zero to Prince William County, but that's how far two massive pieces of World Trade Center steel will travel for a local memorial to those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001.

Four pieces of 20-foot long steel - 60,000 pounds, that is - will arrive at 9 a.m. at the McCoart Government Center in Woodbridge to become part of a local tribute to those who died, and those who were irrevocably changed, by the terrorist attacks.

"We've had a significant number of men and women who have been killed or otherwise served their country since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

The county lost 21 residents in the attacks on the Pentagon. Another resident, a volunteer firefighter, died at the twin towers.

Prince William County is home to Quantico Marine Base and thousands who serve in the military.

The steel will eventually be moved to Freedom Park near the McCoart Building.

"This really completes the county's memorial to the victims of 9-11," Stewart says.

The design of the memorial has not been decided. The county is holding an international competition to choose a fitting memorial.

WTOP's Amy Hunter contributed to this report. Follow Hank Silverberg and WTOP on Twitter.

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