Middle Tennessee marks anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Middle Tennessee marks anniversary of 9/11 attacks (Image 1)

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office dedicated a monument to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, in a special ceremony Tuesday evening.

The monument sits outside the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office on New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro, and includes a 3,000 pound I-beam from Tower I of the World Trade Center in New York.

Surrounding the beam are four urns, representing the four commercial planes that crashed into the two towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Adjacent to the beam and urns are two reflecting pools, representing the voids left by the twin towers, and a carved wooden stool with the emblems of the emergency responders and the words “We Will Never Forget.”

A local veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom went to New York and brought the beam back to Tennessee in early 2011. It was unveiled on the tenth anniversary of the attacks, but the monument was not finished until this year.

Donations and sales of memorial bricks paid an estimated $80,000 for the project.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office hosted a community fair and dedication ceremony. The ceremony included a memorial bell ringing by the Murfreesboro Fire Department and a 21-gun salute in the direction of New York City by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

Several food vendors, among others, were set up at the ceremony.

All proceeds benefited A Soldier's Child.

Also in Rutherford County, the city of LaVergne remembered those who fell and served on September 11, 2001.

Tuesday morning, firefighters and police officers met beneath a massive American flag at LaVergne City Hall.

At 8:58 a.m. firefighters rang the historic “5-5-5” in memory of their fire service brothers and sisters.

“We remember lest we forget,” said Mike Walker, the chief of police for the city of LaVergne.  “We can never forget what occurred that day because when we do, we open ourselves up to the things that occurred at that day.”

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