OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A public ceremony beginning at 7:30 Wednesday morning in Overland Park, Kansas, will commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.
The city has a memorial to the terrorist attacks of that day outside its fire training center at 12401 Hemlock Street. The goals of the memorial are to remember, honor and educate.
The centerpiece of the memorial is a steel beam from the World Trade Center. The 14-foot tall, 2.5 ton beam stands vertically as it did in the tower which collapsed after an attack 18 years ago. Two Overland Park firefighters were instrumental in obtaining the piece of history.
The beam gives visitors something to see and touch, a physical connection, to the events of that day.
Click here for a schedule of Wednesday's ceremony which goes from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.