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9/11 monument to be dedicated on 10th anniversary

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By Amber Coulter

The community will remember the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, with a piece of the wreckage.

Work on a monument to the event is on schedule to be completed in time for a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central on North Dixie Avenue in Radcliff.

The dedication will commemorate the 10th anniversary of terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. It is free and open to the public.

The monument includes pieces of the World Trade Center towers, which were destroyed during the attacks.

Chuck Heater, executive director of the cemetery, said he expects the monument to be a significant piece in the community and state recognizing the loss of life and the heroism associated with Sept. 11, 2001.

He expects a large crowd at the dedication as area residents flock to see part of the fallen building in person.

“It’s a way to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11, the tragic loss of life,” he said.

Heater thanked community members for helping to make the project come together by donating time, labor and resources.

“It was heartwarming is what it was,” he said. “It restored my faith in America and its people.”

Heater said a piece of machinery that typically rents for $1,000 an hour was donated for use for the project.

One man took a week’s vacation from work and spent the time helping with the monument, he said.

Heater said people were eager to help because the attacks touched people across the nation.

“9/11 was one of those events that everyone remembers exactly what they were doing,” he said. “They remembered the tragedy, but they also remembered the triumph.”

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.