Twin Towers steel HPU sign

Oct. 20 – HIGH POINT – One of High Point University’s most significant patriotic demonstrations gained momentum on Wednesday as its lettering was replaced with new steel letters excavated from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. .

The lettering beneath a giant 3D rendering of a waving flag, which dominates the lobby of the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center, forms the name of the university and the motto “God. Family. Country. “

If you’ve ever been to the building, you’ve seen the sign before, but the previous lettering has been replaced with the steel of the Twin Towers.

The plan had always been to use that steel, but supply chain delays delayed the work, President Nido Qubein said.

“It was a long process. It should have been done a year ago,” he said.

It was a happy coincidence that the letters arrived just weeks before HPU’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at the building, media relations manager Allison Leasure said.

The steel was donated by DH Griffin Cos., which carried out site renovations in New York after the attacks destroyed the towers. CEO David Griffin and his wife, Donna, also donated the money to pay a Miami company to melt the steel and cut the letters from it, Qubein said.

He declined to say how much the job cost, except to say, “It was a nice six-figure freebie.”

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