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

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MDC Fire Academy students, among those who attended the memorial ceremony, touch real pieces from the World Trade Center.

Miami, September 9, 2011 - At an emotional ceremony held today at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus, officials unveiled two World Trade Center artifacts donated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, a decade after the 9/11 attacks. MDC is the only higher education institution in the State of Florida to receive artifacts from the World Trade Center.

The two artifacts – steel beams – will become permanent installations at the North Campus. One will be placed at its Fire Academy site, and the other will become part of the campus’ Miami International Sculpture Park, accessible to students and everyone in the community.

These installations will serve as beacons of perseverance, motivation and hope.   

“Ten years after the tragedy of 9/11, we hope that today’s world has more tolerance and understanding. It is a lesson we teach every day at MDC,” said North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente.   

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, was the keynote speaker.

“Steel bends, but it does not break. However, these beams from the World Trade Center are more than steel, they are people. We are pleased we were able to bring these beams to Miami Dade College,” Chief Norman.

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.


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