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    Unhappy May 30th-Ground Hero

    New York City will mark the end of the recovery effort at the
    World Trade Center site with a 20-minute ceremony beginning
    Thursday at 10:29 a.m.
    The ceremony will begin with the ceremonial ringing of the fire
    department bell in 5-5-5-5 code, the signal for a fallen
    An honor guard will be assembled along the sides of the ramp
    leading from the site. A processional up the ramp will begin with
    an escort carrying a stretcher with an American flag folded on top
    symbolizing the people who died Sept. 11 and were not found.
    The stretcher will be followed by a pipe and drum unit. Then a
    recovery truck draped with black cloth will move up the ramp
    carrying the last load of steel, which will be covered with an
    American flag.
    The processional will pause at the top of the ramp for Taps and
    a helicopter flyover. The processional will then turn right onto
    the West Side Highway and head 15 blocks to Canal Street.
    At the same time, a fire department, police department and Port
    Authority ceremonial unit will form a line across the top of the
    ramp, officially marking the end of the recovery effort.

    Never forget our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice!
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    Thank you for posting this NJ.

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    Unhappy Final Day-Recovery Efforts

    NEW YORK - In 1967, Joe Alba was a 26-year-old ironworker laying
    steel beams at the World Trade Center.
    Thirty-five years later, he stood in the same spot as the last
    steel column of the demolished trade center was removed Tuesday
    night during a ceremony marking the end of the recovery effort.
    "I was too young to understand how important this building
    was," he said. "I never believed it would go down."
    Alba, 60, was one of hundreds of construction workers honored
    for their work at the site during the past eight and a half months.
    Gov. George Pataki, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner
    Nicholas Scoppetta looked on as the column was cut down.
    A crane positioned it on a flatbed truck and workers draped it
    in black cloth, covered it with an American flag and laid a wreath
    atop it. Some wrote messages on the steel, while others touched it
    as if it were a coffin.
    "The construction workers who have dedicated themselves to this
    effort are on the verge of completing an enormous job, and in many
    ways this is their night to reflect and remember," Bloomberg said.
    The 30-foot piece of steel survived when the twin towers
    collapsed into a mountain of 1.8 million tons of rubble. For months
    it was covered by debris, but as the pile shrank the column was
    revealed, still standing where it was planted when the south tower
    was built more than 30 years ago. Workers had topped the steel with
    an American flag and covered the sides with spray-painted messages
    and photographs of victims.
    Hundreds of U.S. sailors in town for Fleet Week and dozens of
    New York firefighters and police officers lined a ramp leading out
    of the site. They saluted as the construction workers filed by,
    many with tears in their eyes.
    Lt. John Keenan, a firefighter with Ladder 10, which is located
    across the street from where the south tower once stood, said he
    was at the ceremony to pay tribute to the construction workers.
    "We couldn't have done it without them," he said.
    Many construction workers had formed a bond with the rescue
    workers and said it would be hard to leave the job they poured
    their hearts into.
    "There's been an adrenaline push to be here," said Bill
    Harris, a 50-year-old construction worker from Pearl River, N.Y.
    "It's going to be hard to disconnect."
    Tuesday's ceremony was the first of three - for construction
    workers, rescue workers and families - that make up a gradual
    farewell to the round-the-clock recovery operation.
    "It felt good that the construction workers finally got the
    recognition they deserve," said Mike Minetello, who has worked as
    a field supervisor at the site since Sept. 12.
    On Thursday, the column will be removed from the site in a
    procession past an honor guard during the city's formal ceremony,
    which begins at 10:29 a.m., the time the north tower collapsed
    Sept. 11.
    A fire department bell will ring the signal for a fallen
    firefighter, then a stretcher with a folded flag will be carried
    out of the site, honoring the victims whose remains have not been
    Of the 2,823 people killed in the attack, the remains of just
    1,092 have been identified. But nearly 20,000 body parts have been
    recovered, and the medical examiner expects to continue
    identification work for at least eight more months.
    The processional will stop at the edge of the site for a
    helicopter flyover and the playing of Taps and will leave the
    16-acre site via West Street.
    Fire department, New York police and Port Authority police
    officials will form a line across the top of the ramp that leads
    down into the pit.
    The Thursday ceremony is expected to draw thousands and is
    intended for city officials, ground zero workers and victims'
    Several family groups had asked Bloomberg to schedule the
    service on a weekend, so that work and school schedules would not
    be disrupted. The mayor said the city avoided the weekend so it
    would not conflict with religious observances.
    To accommodate those who cannot attend on Thursday, the family
    groups have planned their own service at ground zero on Sunday. The
    city has issued permits for the event.

    (Copyright 9047 by The Associated Press.)
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