NEW YORK (AP) – The roar of 1,000 motorcycles accompanied a steel beam from the World Trade Center on Saturday as it traveled to Pennsylvania, where it will be part of a memorial to those who died there in a Sept. 11 airliner crash.

Hundreds of current and retired FDNY firefighters escorted the beam from Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field to Shanksville, Pa.

In a new memorial being built next to a volunteer fire company, the 2-ton, 14-foot long beam will sit on a base shaped like the Pentagon.

“It’s a great thing to honor the people on Flight 93 by putting together all three attack sites – the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and Pennsylvania,” said Eugene Stolowski, a New York firefighter who was along for the trip.

United Airlines Flight 93 was brought down by hijackers just outside Shanksville, about 40 minutes into its flight from Newark, N.J.

Organizers planned to unveil the steel beam in the new memorial during a ceremony Sunday morning.

Relatives of some Sept. 11 victims were expected to attend.

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