Amarillo, TX -- Pantex commemorated the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center with a special monument dedicated to the first responders and all who were lost on 9/11.
Pantex firefighters, police, and emergency responders gathered for a public dedication ceremony to honor the courage and selflessness of all who chose to respond at Ground Zero.
The monument features a 42-inch piece of steel from the World Trade Center resting atop a 1600-pound marble slab engraved with words of remembrance for all who died and all who served their fellow man immediately after the attacks.
Donavon Morgan, the Battalion Chief of the Pantex Fire Department, said the tragedy brought unity and strength to the American people, saying, "As General Dwight D. Eisenhower said when they went into the concentration camps, he called in for pictures to be made because in the future they wouldn't believe it. Well, today, we have this monument so that individuals can realize that there was an attack on our country and we rose to the occasion. And we're not invincible, but we believe in freedom and we will fight for our freedom."
Pantex Fire Chief Mike Brock said the events will always be remembered, saying, "The original attacks were something that the United States had not experienced as far as being attacked by an outside terror organization. So it was a first. It was for the generation of my kids, it was the same thing as Pearl Harbor for my generation . . . it's something that should be remembered forever; it can happen. It's important to remember those who lost their lives, those who have been willing to sacrifice since, to insure that atrocity doesn't happen again."