Regarding the WTC Monument, it was suggested how the steel is rusting and needs protection from salt air. With that, another reader emailed me the following bit of info:
“The beam was originally painted c. 1970 in the shop where it was fabricated. Standard spec in those days was one coat of red oxide primer. Red oxide primer is elcheapo primer and was only done to protect the steel till the building covered it up.
You will note that the color is just like barn red paint. Both Red oxide primer and barn red paint use the same pigment which is iron oxide, a by product of steel making. It is really cheap and effective if used correctly. As a steel primer, if exposed to the elements it must have several layers of permanent paint applied over it and repainted from time to time.
I’m no paint expert, but perhaps this suggestion is necessary? This beam is such an important monument, so I’ll try to contact somebody at the VFW to see if something is planned or could be planned.
Note: I am generally interested. Not trying to stir up a controversy.
The next meeting of the Westholme Civic Association will be held this Thursday, April 30th at 7PM in the VFW Hall at 675 W Park Ave. This month we will hear presentations on the budget from both the school district and the library. So please take the time to come down and learn where each of these organizations would like to spend your money in the upcoming year and how they will pay for it.
We have also extended an invitation to each candidate for this May’s election for the school board and library board. Please come down and learn more about their vision for how and where these institutions should be managed and heading.
Bring a friend, bring a neighbor, we hope to see you there.
Some might remember an article back in May 2014 that outlined the history of the World Trade Center steel which our city acquired in 2002 (see – AN EFFORT TO GET WORLD TRADE CENTER STEEL DISPLAYED IN LONG BEACH.) I’m pleased to say that it’s finally being displayed in Long Beach on Park Avenue across from the Long Beach VFW Post 1384.
I personally would like to send a big thank you to Keith Grant and members of the LBLong Beach VFW Post 1384 for working so hard on getting this steel displayed.