World Trade Center steel stops in Arizona on way to San Diego

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A special gift traveling throughout the nation stopped in Tucson Tuesday, a piece of the south tower of New York's World Trade Center.

Four new york city firefighters and the 13-year-old son of another brought the roughly two-foot-tall, 120-pound chunk of metal to Tucson Fire Department headquarters.

They've stopped in over ten states so far on their way to San Diego where they'll donate the remnant to the firehouse museum August 4.

Earlier the piece of the south tower went on display in Vail for fire fighters and residents to see.

Ten years ago, the twin towers in New York stood tall.  A month later they were reduced to rubble in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Tuesday a piece of that day made its way to Southern Arizona.

"We came out just to witness a part of the history, keep the saying alive that we'll never forget, ya know," said Ft. Huachuca firefighter Jason Bryan.

A torn and tattered piece of steel and rivets that made up part of the south tower of the world trade center is making it's way across the country to the San Diego Fire House Museum.

Residents from Vail got a chance to look at history as it sat in the Rincon Fire district fire house.

"This is kind of my way and showing him that we'll never forget and seeing a piece of what happened out there," said Bryan.

Making the trip with the steel is Mike Korshe, a former New York fire fighter who was there, in the rubble on 9-11.

"Just as we got there the scene the tower started to fall and we were caught in the dust that enveloped the whole area of downtown lower Manhattan," said Korshe.

He believes the small piece represents so much.

"This piece of steel represents the 3000 people that died that day," said Korshe.

And for Jason Bryan, it's a chance for his son to see history and for him to relive what happened.

"It allows you to reconnect with 10 years ago, and it seems at times we do forget what happened there, we get too caught up in our daily lives, it brings back feelings that you felt on that day," said Bryan.