Piece of World Trade Center to be unveiled in Hanover

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A portion of the World Trade Center is now in Hanover County. The fire department requested a piece of the wreckage and received it. To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the department will officially unveil the monument this weekend during a ceremony.

It's a place for the public to remember, reflect and share stories about 9/11.

"If people want to come by and see the piece and touch the piece, remember loved ones or where they were that day, we'd be happy for them to come here," said Chief Kevin Egan from Hanover Fire & EMS.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks, the department will host a memorial dedication ceremony. Several victims with local ties will be honored.  These include Stanley Smagala Jr., a former New York City fire fighter who responded to the attacks, and Shane Adcock , a military veteran who died fighting the war on terror.

"There were great heroes that day, and as one family pointed out, not all of them died that day," said Egan.

The design of the monument includes two pillars to signify the twin towers, and underneath the monument…

"The pavers are in the shape, in the center, of the pentagon to memorialize that," Egan said.

The inscription on the stone reads, "Ne'er we forget."

"That's a quote Bush said when he was standing in New York City where the towers were," Egan said.

And the actual piece from the wreckage...

"The piece came from the structure that supported the Communication Center," Egan said. "It looks the way it did when they cut it and when we got it."

Chief Egan says he hopes this monument will encourage people to always remember the sacrifices made for freedom

The memorial dedication ceremony will take place at Fire Station 10. It will start at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend. If you're not able to attend that ceremony on Sunday, the monument will be on public display at the fire house daily.

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