Outside of the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center on Kate Wagner Road will soon be a memorial of one of the most tragic days in our nation's history — the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Two years ago, Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association officials reached out to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's World Trade Center Artifact Giveaway Program, seeking a piece of history to display in Carroll. Last fall, they received word that they would, in fact, be receiving a steel girder from the World Trade Center to be the centerpiece of a memorial display. It was delivered in October.


On Tuesday, the beam was installed at the training center, and masonry and welding students from the nearby Carroll County Career and Technology Center began working on the memorial, designed by drafting students at the school.

We're fortunate in Carroll County to have received this artifact. Several media outlets in New York reported on Monday that the approximately 80,000-square-foot hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport — once filled with more than 2,500 World Trade Center artifacts from the 9/11 attacks — is nearly empty. The remaining two dozen or so items are expected to be given away over the next few months.

Carroll is a deeply patriotic community, one that holds dear its law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders — like those who sacrificed in the 9/11 attacks a decade and a half ago.

We can think of no better place in our county for this particular piece of history to be displayed than where the next generations of heroes will train.

The memorial is expected to be dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 11, the 15th anniversary of the attacks.

We also hope there are plans for an annual service of some sort at the marker, even if it is simply an opportunity to gather for moment of silence each Sept. 11 at 8:46 a.m. — the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The memorial will be a symbol of the gratitude we owe our first-responders and a reminder that we never forget the sacrifices of Sept. 11, 2001.