GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A piece of steel from the 12th floor of one of the World Trade Center towers is now part of a 9/11 memorial in Goochland.
The memorial, which brings a piece of 9/11 to Richmond's backyard, was dedicated Wednesday night.
"It's a great honor and a great privilege to be able to be the caretakers of this really historic piece of steel, historic piece of American history," said Chief William MacKay of the Goochland Fire Department.
Located at Company 1's firehouse in Goochland County, the memorial is there for fire and rescue workers—a solemn reminder of their duty and the price paid by their fellow emergency responders.
"It gives us a physical connection to all of our brothers and sisters who sacrificed so much on that day," MacKay said, "How people stood in line—miles long—to give blood. How people stood in line cheering responders."
The memorial itself is the culmination of two years of planning and construction by members of the Goochland Fire Department. The steel is from the North Tower and was brought here by a local business owner. Benches on the memorial symbolize the five sides of the Pentagon, but they also serve as an open invitation for people to learn about and never forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
"Have the community come here, sit, contemplate, share with their children, share with their children the experience of 9/11," MacKay said.
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