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Sunday was an emotional day in Wauseon.
Ground was broken for a 9/11 Memorial site at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.
The centerpiece is a beam from the World Trade Center.
First responders from throughout Fulton County gathered for the solemn ceremony.
All placed their equipment at the foot of the beam, which to them is a sacred artifact from one of the worst days in American history.
"To hear and listen and watch on the news what was going on and not being able to be there. This is our way of helping," said Dawn Hamer of the Lyons Royalton Fire Department.
$100,000 was raised to build the memorial.
The fairgrounds site was chosen because nearly 300,000 people come here annually.
"We're very honored and proud to build this memorial and to help future generations understand what happened that day," said Kevin Nelson of the Fulton County 9/11 Memorial Committee.
The memorial will be in the shape of an octagon, the symbol for re-birth and starting over.
Names of those who lost their lives to terrorism on 9/11 will be engraved at the base.
The memorial will be open 24/7, allowing anybody to see and touch the beam at anytime.
Folks in Fulton County are proud to have the memorial be part of their patriotic community.
"I think it memorializes all the work the first responders did and all those who lost their lives," said Tim Sepesy.
The memorial will be completed by July.
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