SMITHVILLE, MO (KCTV) -- Tuesday marks 17 years since a series of terrorist attacks rocked New York City, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.

Since then, cities around the country and throughout the Kansas City area have paid tribute to the heroes the United States lost that day. Those tributes will continue Tuesday.

In Smithville, MO, a new memorial has been placed in the town square. The memorial features a 23-foot-long rail that was buried under the rubble of both towers and burned for 14 weeks.

The rail is connected to a glass structure that features etchings of the flight numbers and buildings hit. A black marble surface around the memorial tells more of the story from the tragic day.

Those who visit the memorial will only be able to view 12 feet of it, as the rest is buried underground, the way it was below the World Trade Center, where it ran six stories.

The man who helped get the rail to Smithville, Dewayne Knott, says his vision is that future generations use it as a learning tool.

“So that the school and new generation can learn from this and talk about it, and talk about what changes it made as a result,” Knott said.

The dedication for the memorial will begin at 7:46 a.m., the hour and minute that the first plane struck the first tower.

Monday night, the city of Overland Park, KS, turned on light beams to symbolize the twin towers.

A ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by several moments of silence at the moment each attack happened.

Park University will begin their memorial at 9:11 a.m. Tuesday, outside the Thompson Commons. Staff and students will take shifts reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed during the attacks.

For those who were not alive in 2001, Dr. Bob Batterson an adolescent psychiatrist with Children’s Mercy Hospital says if children are 10 years old or older, parents should talk to them about what 9/11 is and what it means to them.

“The key thing to remember is that it's important to communicate the events as you remember. Maybe add a personal angle about what were you doing when this happened. Most of us remember that,” Batterson said.

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