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World Trade Center steel monument dedicated

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. -

On this 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Prince William County officially dedicates its monument of World Trade Center steel.

It is a monument of rusted steel and concrete. Support beams from the Twin Towers, that on this day 12 years ago were in a fiery heap at Ground Zero. Corey Stewart is chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

"Three beams create the 22 foot tall monument... representing the 22 residents of Prince William County who were killed on that fateful day. And stand clustered... leaning together at angles... to depict the chaos of the fallen towers. The fourth beam... in the shape of a cross... stands upright... apart from the others... to testify to the certainty of American resilience and spirit,” said Stewart.

It’s a $200,000 investment by the county.

The county already has a September 11 memorial, dedicated seven years ago. A reflecting pool in the shape of the Pentagon with the names of the 22 county residents killed 12 years ago.

"For so many people... 12 years sounds like a long time... that everybody should be moving on...and not be as affected but for those who lost somebody... you're forever changed," said Laurie Laychak. Her husband was killed on 9/11.

Laurie Laychak's husband David, a budget analyst with the Department of the Army, died inside the pentagon. Their son Zach was 9 that day. Daughter Jenny was 7.

"We have just done the best we can in trying to move along and have this loss become a part of our lives. I tried really hard not to have it define us... but certainly it's paramount within who we are," said Laurie.

Prince William County got the pieces of the Twin Towers through a New Jersey state senator who was friends with a county supervisor. Stewart and others went to New Jersey and picked out the steel beams.


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