September 11, 2001 will be forever be remembered as one of our nation's darkest days, but now there is a way for Tallahasseans to honor the memory of those who died. It's made up of everything from a piece of one of the fallen towers to a shirt worn by a rescue worker. The people who have put this together say it's important to put their firsthand mark on the memorial, so the day will never be forgotten.
More than two years have passed since the deadly September 11th attacks, but for those who experienced it firsthand, the painful memories are still fresh. Many people who have been affected say keeping those thoughts alive is important. They hope a new memorial in the Leon County Courthouse will ensure the tragedy is never forgotten.
A part of the memorial is actually constructed out of a piece of one of the fallen towers. Leon County officials say they're proud to be turning tragic relics into a tribute to those who lost their lives."
"It's a way to remember the victims of 9/11. It's also a way to remember the men and women who are fighting for our freedom every day and I'm proud to have it here," says Tony Grippa.
Countless ceremonies have been held to commemorate the September 11th tragedies, and now Leon County has a permanent reminder. The memorial stands on the first floor of the Leon County Courthouse.
A lot of the speakers Tuesday were rescue workers and relatives of victims, and a Tallahassee attorney who was in tower two when it was hit spoke about that terrible day.