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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A cross-country tour featuring artifacts from September 11th made a stop in Shepherdsville Wednesday.
Organizers say the traveling memorial is part of a bigger project to build a memorial to honor service men and women lost since the Gulf War to today.
They hope the tour will raise the awareness and money to do that.
"To me, this symbolizes what our country is about," said Douglas Pirolozzi.
Most Americans remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on September 11th, 2001.
"I was at work and I seen the first plane hit -- I thought it was just an accident and when I seen the second one, I thought, oh no, this is a terrorist attack," Pirolozzi recalled.
Not many people can say they were there, but Scott Schrimpe can.
"I slid under a car and that's when the buildings came down," Schrimpe, a retired New York City firefighter told WDRB.
Schrimpe lost six of his men in the attacks.
"The ground was shaking, car alarms were going off. It was like a big rock fight, everything flying past you," Schrimpe said.
Schrimpe is traveling with the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation, sharing his story and many items he recovered from the aftermath.
On display for people to touch and see are is helmet, covered in black soot, pieces of marble from the floor of the World Trade Center, glass from broken windows, a firefighter's microphone and two large cement pieces that were removed from the slurry wall foundation at ground zero.
"It's a tremendous honor for me to be bringing these pieces from New York to their final resting places," he said.
CEO of the foundation Tonya Evans says the purpose of this tour is to raise awareness and money to build a new national memorial.
"We hope to break ground this next year. With this exposure across the country and what we're doing right now, it won't take much," said Evans.
She says it's to honor service men and women lost since the first Gulf War.
"We can't wait 60 years like it took the World War II Memorial to be built. We have to build it now," she told WDRB.
Traveling 7,000 miles, stopping in 16 cities, hoping the artifacts from 9/11 will help remind people of the sacrifices that Americans continue to make.
"It makes my heart ache because of what happened," Douglas Pirolozzi added.
"We're sending our kids to war and they should be honored," Schrimpe said.
The new memorial is set to be built in Kansas City because they want it to be centrally located in the country.
To learn more about their mission or to follow the tour, click here.