JASPER, TX (KTRE) - It's been 15 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and flight 93.
As Americans prepare to reflect on the impact of those events, one East Texas city came together to welcome a piece of that tragic day.
The city of Jasper came together on Saturday in remembrance of the fallen from September 11th.
The city held a big unveiling ceremony for a new monument in their town square featuring a mangled piece of steel from the World Trade Center, pulled the rubble.
Randy Sayers the Mayor of Jasper said it was process to get the piece here.
"They contacted someone from New York and got permission to get piece of the twin towers, some steel. They had a vision to make a monument and they actually put it in practice this year." Sayers said.
A dedication was held honoring first responders and Texas military as well as fallen heroes and their families.
Members of the New York fire department also made the trip for the memorial.
Jasper County Judge Mark Allen said he has so much respect for the fire department.
"They don't ask for anything they give so much more than they get back and that why I love them and respect them so much, I mean they are constantly there for whenever our citizens need them." Allen said.
Some gold star families were also in attendance and had the opportunity to pay their respects at the monument as they placed badges representing their lost loved ones at the base of the memorial.
"It's always important to remember things that happened in the past and after 15 years some people start to forget but if you love your military and you love your police and fireman you'll never forget this day ever." Sayers said.
American Idol finalist Michael Sarver was also present in his home town to sing at the tribute.
The monument serves to preserve the everlasting memory of those that will never be forgotten.