A piece of history now stands in front of the Safety Services Building on Northwest Parkway - one of five flagpoles that was still intact after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

A piece of history now stands in front of the Safety Services Building on Northwest Parkway - one of five flagpoles that was still intact after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

The other four flagpoles are now at the Pentagon, which was one of the other targets hit by the terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

Police Chief Doug Francis said it was a matter of good timing that the fifth flagpole came to Hilliard.

Last May, a delegation from Hilliard and Norwich Township went to the site of Ground Zero in New York City to pick up steel from the former World Trade Center for Hilliard's First Responders Park. While in the hangar that housed the artifacts, Francis said, Mayor Don Schonhardt noticed five flagpoles against a wall.

"He asked, 'Can I get one of those?'" Francis said. "The supervisor there said, 'No one's put their name on it. I don't see why not.'"

There was just one problem, though: At 55 feet, the pole was too long to put on a truck with the rest of the steel without having to get special permits, Francis said. So the pole was cut in half.

"It has been sitting here at our facility since last May," Francis said. "We had to hire a company to put the pole back together. That was done a couple of months ago. They finished it up on July 14, and we got it delivered back here, and we put it in the ground."

On July 29, the flagpole was erected with the help of local firefighters and police. At 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, there will be a dedication ceremony where the first flag will be raised on the pole in the ten years since the terrorist attacks. Francis said it will be an American flag that was flown over the Pentagon on July 1.

"We are going to raise that flag as our symbolic flag," Francis said. "We will then bring that flag down and we will put up a permanent 10- by 15-foot flag. Then we'll display the initial flag that flew over our flagpole in our lobby."

There are three other 30-foot-tall flagpoles in front of the Safety Services Building. Currently, no flags are flying, but the state, city and township flags will be flown.

In addition to being taller than the other poles, the brown aluminum flagpole still possesses scrapes and marks from the terrorist attacks.

Francis said there are tentative long-term plans to make a small plaza at the flagpole.

"We have a couple small pieces of steel left from New York that we want to display, get a couple benches out there and a plaque to tell the story of the pole. We're hoping to make it a community effort to fund it."