Virginia War Museum in Newport News to display artifact from 9/11 World Trade Center attacks

Posted at 8:11 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 17:41:17-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Virginia War Museum in Newport News recently received an artifact from the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The artifact is a mangled piece of metal, which was likely a portion of a vehicle bumper.

It was one of the last pieces distributed by a program administered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the World Trade Center complex.

The program ended in July and disseminated more than 2,600 artifacts to museums and other organizations across the country and across the world during a six-year period.

The Newport News artifact will go one display in the museum's foyer for two weeks starting on Friday, September 2, 2016. It will then move to be a part of the museum's new Global War on Terror exhibit.

That exhibit features uniforms and equipment used by U.S. Service Members in Afghanistan and Iraq.

During the 15th anniversary commemoration of 9/11, the artifact will be displayed during a ceremony hosted by the Newport News Fire Department and local U.S. Navy units on September 9th at 10am at the Victory Arch, located at 25th Street and West Avenue.

The Virginia War Museum is located at 9285 Warwick Boulevard in Huntington Park.