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Kentucky keeps promise to "never forget" with 9/11 memorial

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RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- Where you were and how you felt on Sept. 11, 2001, is still fresh for a lot people.

On that day nearly 15 years ago, Americans made a promise.

"We will never forget," John Wesley said.

The people of Kentucky intended on keeping it.

For the past five years, the Kentucky September 11th Memorial Committee has been working up to this weekend and on a memorial for all to see.

"They can touch with their hands and feel it, and have some meaning to it," said coordinator and veteran, Lee Bradford.

The cross-shaped beam reaching into the sky once towered high above lower Manhattan. It supported the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

"It was under guard and protection at Kennedy, and it was transported here to Louisville," Wesley said.

The charred cement was part of the nerve center controlling our country's security at the Pentagon. Both pieces of a sad day in our country's history sit in the Central Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.

"I think it means a lot for Kentucky to have this and be proud of," Bradford said.

The names of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan and Iraq are also a part of the commemoration.

"There are so many people there that have sacrificed for me to be here. And I really appreciate that very, very much," Wesley said. 

It's a fitting tribute for visitors who often think about that clear September day more than a decade ago that turned into the darkest in all of American history.

The memorial dedication is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.

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