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Deposit Dedicates Piece of 9/11 Wreckage

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DEPOSIT, NY -

Today marked the 18th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Memorials happened across the country, but few were honored with a piece of Ground Zero.

Deposit, dedicating it's part of the Twin Towers today. The sight of the metal elicited emotions from visitors.

"It kind of makes your heart break. It's something to remember, it was a most terrible day," said Lucy Lantz, visitor.

The aluminum cladding is just part of the remains from 2001.

"Only a couple of hundred feet survived the collapse of the World Trade Center, very few of those hundred feet that survived were fully intact," said Christopher Zacharias, first assistant chief of the Deposit Fire Department.

Since 2016, Deposit's been home to a 12-foot piece of the exterior facade.

 "So we were kind of lucky," said Jim Ficurilli, president of the Deposit Rotary Club.

The Fire Department was honored with the piece of wreckage after applying through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2012.

"What we're doing here today is dedicating a memorial," said Ficurilli.

The memorial will become part of a larger park to honor all those who've served in the Deposit community.

"Because the incident was 18 years ago, we don't want ever for people to forget," said Ficurilli.

The sight has a special meaning for many in the village.

"I lost my cousin, Jim Romito, he was the chief of New York City Port Authority, and a very good friend of the family, Chris Epp," said Lantz.

"We had a team of six that deployed to New York City post-9/11, to assist with the recovery efforts down there," said Zacharias.

Today's event was a joint effort between the Deposit Rotary Club and the Deposit Fire Department.