BRADENTON -- A four person team from Bradenton is on schedule to deliver a 12-foot steel beam from the fallen World Trade Center to Bradenton Sunday night.
Chief Foster Gover of Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue said the team drove straight through to New Jersey after leaving Bradenton Wednesday.
The team is expected to leave New York Saturday with the beam to return to Bradenton. A welcome celebration is planned for 8 p.m. Sunday at Firkin & Fox Restaurant, 2505 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. The public is invited.
The beam, a window column when it was installed in the World Trade Center, will be the centerpiece of a memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial is to be dedicated on the ninth anniversary of the attack in less than two months in the administration office of the fire district.
Many law enforcement agencies and motorcycle groups have signed on to escort the beam from New York to Bradenton via Interstate 95 to I-4, to I-75 and finally west on State Road 64 to Bradenton.
Members of the Southern Manatee team include Brad Ranney, Bradly Ranney, Dallas Leitner and Ryan Kaliher.
The itinerary for the return:
Saturday: 8 a.m. depart New York/New Jersey
9:15 a.m. pass Trenton, N.J.
10:30 a.m. arrive Delaware
11 a.m. arrive Maryland
2 p.m. arrive Virginia
5:15 p.m. arrive North Carolina
7:30 p.m. arrive Fayetteville, N.C.
8 a.m. depart Fayetteville
9 a.m. arrive South Carolina
noon arrive Georgia
3 p.m. arrive Florida
5 p.m. arrive Daytona Beach
6 p.m. pass Orlando
7:15 p.m. pass Tampa
8 p.m. arrive Bradenton