US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute will join NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Sunday for a wreath laying at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. The visit marks the beginning of a joint project between the Department of State, the 9/11 Memorial, and NATO to display a piece of steel from the Twin Towers in the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. After laying a wreath by the Survivor Tree at Ground Zero, they will tour the museum with 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels. ...
The Twin Towers steel segment is an 11-foot tall piece from the 107th floor of the North Tower, just floors above where American Airlines Flight 11 impacted. With support from Department of State public diplomacy funds, the Twin Towers steel will be transported to Brussels next year, where it will stand at NATO headquarters as a solemn reminder of the ironclad bonds linking the United States and its NATO Allies. The new NATO headquarters is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in 2016.