09/11/2013 11:14 EDT | Updated 11/11/2013 05:12 EST

Piece of steel from wreckage of Sept. 11 attacks donated to Newfoundland town

APPLETON, N.L. - A piece of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Centre towers has been donated to the Newfoundland town of Appleton to mark the area's role in helping stranded passengers during the Sept. 11 attacks.

The monument unveiled today on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks was donated by the U.S. government as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

It has been put on display at the Appleton Peace Park and recalls the contribution of the town and others in central Newfoundland in the days following 9/11.

At the time, residents in the region took travellers from around the world into their homes as American air space was closed and more than 6,500 passengers and crew were diverted to nearby Gander.