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Residents of Newton and Conover gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate a new piece of history in the community.
Newton-Conover High School (NCHS) recently received a 110-pound piece of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers that collapsed after planes hit them September 11, 2001.
NCHS dedicated the 9/11 artifact during a ceremony attended by military personnel, area leaders and community citizens.
"Today is not just about that artifact," said Tom Mentzer, senior naval science instructor and Navy JROTC commander at NCHS. "It's about remembering the lives that we lost."
NCHS will house the 9/11 artifact in its recently remodeled library in a case manufactured in the school's shop classroom.