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MDC North Campus to Unveil World Trade Center Artifacts in Observance of 9/11

College will be only institution in Florida to possess and display fragments of the nation’s deadliest attack
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Miami, August 22, 2011 - A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will host a remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and unveil two World Trade Center steel artifacts donated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. MDC is the only higher education institution in the State of Florida to receive artifacts from the World Trade Center. Deputy Assistant Chief John W. Norman, FDNY (Ret.), who was in the Special Operations Command (SOC), and served as search and rescue manager for the World Trade Center Operations, will be the keynote speaker. The entire community is invited to attend and share in this milestone memorial. 

“It is a true honor for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to have granted our Campus with not one but two steel artifacts of World Trade Center,” said North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente. “This is an opportunity for us to create a lasting memorial that will provide our students and the community a place to reflect upon the horrific events of September 11, and serve to educate future generations. This is a piece of history, and in a way, a monument for all those who lost their lives.”

The artifacts consist of two steel beams. One will be placed at the North Campus’ Fire Academy site, and the other will become part of the campus’ Miami International Sculpture Park, accessible to students and everyone in the community. The installation of these artifacts will serve as beacons of perseverance, motivation and hope.   

The placement of the artifacts at the North Campus is fitting, given that for the past 40 years it has been home the School of Justice, the premier provider of local public safety education. The School of Justice and Fire Science Program have proudly graduated more than 80 percent of all firefighters and public safety personnel in Miami-Dade County and its 32 municipalities.


MDC North Campus to Unveil World Trade Center Artifacts

  • WHEN: Friday, Sep. 9, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • WHERE: North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27 Ave. Building 4000

For more information about this event, please contact Yaremis Ponce Fullana at 305-237-1724, or


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