A piece of steel from the World Trade Center is now on view in eastern Iowa. The nine-foot-by-21-inch artifact weighs nearly 400 pounds and is on display through a window at the LeClaire Fire Station. The LeClaire Firefighters Association says it hopes to make it the focal point of a permanent display honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans killed on Sept. 11th, 2001.

Firefighters also hope the memorial will raise awareness of the responders who have died from health problems caused by contamination at the scene. In the meantime, the Clear Lake Fire Department is using a 10-foot steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center for a sculpture at its new station.

By Phil Roberts, Davenport