Residents of Bristol will get a chance to honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, this Sunday.
The will host a dedication for a steel beam that was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center. The dedication will be held on the 10th anniversary of that fateful day, this Sunday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. at the station headquarters.
According to Bristol Fire Chief Robert Martin, the department applied to receive the piece about two years ago and they were finally allowed to pick up the steel beam earlier this year at New York's John F. Kennedy airport.
"I think it’s important not only to the fire department but to everyone," Martin said. "It’s a piece of memorabilia that reminds us of a change in everyone's life. It doesn’t matter who it is. Everyone knows what happened and no matter who I talk to, they have memories of that day in their mind."
The steel beam, rusted and twisted from the sheer heat from the destruction, will be placed on an angle between two granite pillars on a limestone base in the shape of the pentagon to form a memorial. The memorial will be to the side of the main entrance to the fire station headquarters.
"It doesn’t have to be a grandiose thing to do, it’s a remembrance of our changed lives," Martin said. "We wanted to give it a home where people in passing could come take a look. We hope they’ll have a memory and want to touch it."