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New 9/11 Memorial Displays Artifacts from Each Crash Site

"It's very important that we don't forget that we not only have a dedication that will educate our young people but we can't forget the victims that were lost," says Bill Conrad.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - In Rouzerville, residents are honoring the 12th anniversary of 9/11 with the dedication of a new memorial. On Wednesday, the tribute committee unveiled three artifacts, one of them coming directly from the World Trade Center. But the committee hopes this is more than just a tribute.

"It's a feeling that's hard to describe," said Michael Christopher, Washington Township Manger. "It's that we'll have the opportunity to remember and never forget the events of that day. And it's here. It's in our community."

This two year project is finally complete, the 9/11 tribute memorial in Rouzerville.

It has artifacts from each location. Limestone from the Pentagon, a rock from the crash site in Shanksville and a steel I--beam from the World Trade Center.

"Now that we have all three artifacts I don't think there's anybody else that has them," said Bill Conrad, 9/11 Tribute Committee Chairman. "We were fortunate enough to get an artifact from each, of the event locations and we just feel very overwhelmed and honored that we can do this."

And what's unique about this memorial is that each artifact is facing the direction of each city. For example, when you're looking at the artifact from the World Trade Center, you're also looking in the direction of New York City. The same goes for the artifacts for the Pentagon and Shanksville.

"This is a patriotic remembrance of what happened on September 11, 2011," said Christopher.

Committee leaders hope this memorial can also be an educational experience for younger generations.

"And it's more important i think to educate our young people so that they remember because they're our future and this facility with help them remember those events and the reader boards will be very educational," said Christopher. "And hopefully we'll always remember this event going forward."

"It's very important that we don't forget that we not only have a dedication that will educate our young people but we can't forget the victims that were lost," said Conrad. "I mean we don't have any names here but many of those names are engraved in the hearts of families that lost their lives."

The tribute also includes a World War II Memorial. Committee leaders wanted to make sure that historic event was remembered too.

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