People gathered in Overland Park on Tuesday where a beam from the Twin Towers was the centerpiece for a memorial.
As Americans stopped to remember the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks, a ceremony in Overland Park also marked the dedication of a new memorial so that those lives that were lost can be remembered every day.
A steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers now has a permanent home in front of the Overland Park fire training center.
The beam stands 14 feet and weighs about 5,600 pounds, and next to it are four bronze panels that tell the story of what happened minute-by-minute, 11 years ago Tuesday.
Honor guard members also struck a bell and laid a wreath at the exact minute when each of the attacks happened. The memorial was paid for with private donations, and they are still collecting for phase two of the site.
Organizers plan to install a wall with the names of the thousands who died on Sept. 11.
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