Piece of World Trade Center Unveiled

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Ashland is many miles away from New York City, but the collapse of the World Trade Center hits home for one local family.

Shane Adcock was a volunteer firefighter and immediately wanted to deploy to the Middle East after 9-11.

He was killed in Iraq in 2006 when a grenade hit the humvee he was inside. His parents were on hand Sunday afternoon as his hometown unveiled a lasting tribute to all of those lost on 9-11 and in the wars fought since that day.

The new monument is in front of Hanover Fire and EMS station 10 - the same station their son Shane used to work at as a volunteer firefighter.

"We just kind of remarked how close it was to all of us," said Vera Adcock, Shane's mother.  "Shane would have loved having something like this for those that sacrificed their time and their lives."

The monument features two stone towers and the words "ne'er we forget" - the words spoken by former President George W. Bush on September 11th at Ground Zero. The monument also honors those who died on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.

For the firefighters that work here at Station 10, they say this monument will be a daily reminder of the sacrifice others have made.

John Greene is a firefighter at Station 10. He says he decided to become a firefighter on 9-11 after seeing the heroism of the New York firefighters.

"It's definitely a constant reminder for us," Greene said.  "I can stand here and say I'm a part of it now."

For the Adcock's, this small piece of steel will go a long way toward keeping the memory of their son and many others alive.

"He would be glad the country does not forget the fallen," said Maris Adcock, Shane's father.  "The Fire, the EMS, the military and the police. They give the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and security in this country."

The monument is open to the public if you want to see the piece of the Twin Towers. Several local businesses donated much of the work needed to erect the monument.

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