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WTC steel and MacDill Park

May 29, 2011

It was recently reported that The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey has donated steel from the World Trade Center to Tampa and Hillsborough County. The Hillsborough County Sheriff already has received the beam donated to it and temporarily displayed it in Citrus Park and Brandon.

There is some discussion about where the steel should be permanently displayed.  Among the suggestions are Heroes Corner in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park (not sure why this map is sideways), the Tampa Firefighters Museum and a location on Bayshore near where the Bayshore Patriots congregate.  Tampasphere thinks all these ideas are good.  However, while we greatly respect the Bayshore Patriots, we think even more fitting would be, if possible, to permanently display that particular piece at MacDill Park (see this again) in downtown Tampa.

MacDill Park honors those who serve at the base and all they and the base have done for our community, which is, to use extreme understatement, substantial.  Even more substantial, given the role the two Commands and everyone else based there have played, and continue to play, in the conflict against Al Qaeda, Tampasphere thinks it would be fitting to honor that role and the sacrifices of those serving by providing a permanent example of why they do what they do and why we owe them a special debt of gratitude.

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