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Ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Ann Moore, of Bradenton’s Plantation Village, has religiously flown her American flag.

The Irish-born naturalized U.S. citizen flies Old Glory day and night, seven days a week. If it gets a little faded or torn, she takes it down and runs up a new one. At night, she has the flag lighted, just as protocol dictates.

“This is such a great country,” she said.

When Moore heard recently that a team from Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue is bringing a 12-foot steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center to Bradenton, her thoughts turned to her 87-year-old friend Anthony Jordan.

Jordan designed several motors that were used after the 1993 terrorist bombing of the basement of the north tower of the World Trade Center.

One of his compressor motors was used for about six months as a stop gap measure until a specially built motor could be manufactured.

“I feel that this is a wonderful thing to do,” Jordan said of the Southern Manatee plan to bring the beam to Bradenton and to use it in a local memorial to honor the 2,995 victims who lost their lives that day, including 2,605 from the World Trade Center.

“The World Trade Center is on my mind often. I think about it all the time,” Jordan said.

Jordan served in the U.S. military during World War II and went to college on the G.I. Bill to become an engineer.

His feelings for the country, and the gratitude for the opportunities it gave him, run deep.

While Jordan and Moore may be unable to greet the Southern Manatee team when it returns to Bradenton tonight because of their age, you know where their thoughts will be.

When the Southern Manatee team of Brad Ranney, Bradly Ranney, Dallas Leitner and Ryan Kaliher return to Bradenton with the beam tonight, they will go directly to Firkin & Fox Restaurant, 2505 Manatee Ave. E.

The public is invited to welcome them at 8 p.m.

Brad Ranney said Friday by phone from New York that the trailer will be opened for respectful viewing of the beam, which was once a window column support.

“This is all out of respect for the victims. This just reaches the heart,” Ranney said.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee Editor, can be contacted at 745-7021.