Image: A steel beam from the original World Trade Center is returned to the site
Mark Lennihan  /  AP
A steel beam from the original World Trade Center is returned to the site Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 in New York. Dubbed the "Last Column," it became the final standing steel column removed from ground zero following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
updated 8/24/2009 5:57:59 AM ET 2009-08-24T09:57:59

A massive steel column from the World Trade Center that became a makeshift memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is being returned to the site.

After more than seven years in storage at a hanger at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the beam is expected to be transported Monday to ground zero.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Executive Director Chris Ward calls the return of the beam to the World Trade Center site a sign of rebirth.

The column will become part of the planned National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum.

The 58-ton, 36-foot-tall beam was dubbed the "Last Column" when it was the final standing steel column to be removed from the site.

It was adorned with firehouse patches, police logos and union stickers.

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