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Final touches added to September 11th memorial

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 09 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 11 2012 05:08:38 AM CDT

Tuesday the nation will pause to remember those who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks.

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. -

Tuesday the nation will pause to remember those who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks.

In Warren County, New Jersey, residents will be dedicating a new memorial to 9/11 victims and emergency workers.

Monday crews are working at a feverish pace at Warren County Community College in Washington Township, New Jersey.

While they unroll sod and place medallions on stone pillars, they're remembering their neighbors who lost their lives serving their community and in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The memorial is 10 years in the making and will be ready for the 11th anniversary of September 11th.

"It hits close to home and we wanted to do something like this for a long time," said Ray Bears with Bears Landscaping.

Each donor brick was laid by someone donating their time and in some cases materials.

The New York Port Authority provided a beam from the World Trade Center and two pillars symbolize the Twin Towers.

The names of firefighters, EMTs and police officers who died in the line of duty in Warren County are engraved in granite along with four residents killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Deepa Pakkala was in the South Tower. Robert Miller, Bruce Edwards and Bruce Simmons died in the North Tower.

On the memorial, there is a timeline of the events of 9/11. Organizers say that way when school children come years from now to visit the memorial, they will know exactly what it's about.

"They will read it in their history books but they will also be able to realize the significance of it when they come to this memorial and see that there are people who lost their lives," said Vincent De Rienzo, Director of the Warren County Emergency Services and 9/11 Memorial.

These community members say it is important the nation never forget those who sacrificed their lives.

The memorial will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. September 11th.