Ten years ago, then-President George W. Bush held up the badge of George Howard, a police officer who died at the World Trade Center, during a session of Congress. The badge, Bush said, was "a reminder of lives that ended, and a task that does not end."
This year, the memory of that same officer — via his family — will leave another reminder in Huntington Beach.
The city's police and fire associations have facilitated the delivery of two steel girders from the World Trade Center and plan to convert them to a 9/11 memorial outside City Hall. The first piece arrived last week from the New York-New Jersey Port Authority, and the Huntington officials have invited the officer's son, New York firefighter Chris Howard, to present the second girder at 10 a.m. Saturday at City Hall.
"It's very touching," said Kreg Muller, president of the Huntington Beach Police Officers Assn. "I feel honored for our city to be able to receive two pieces of the World Trade Center. It's symbolism that changed the world, really."