In addition to the 9/11 Steel Memorial in Word Park, which shows a piece of steel from the Twin Towers, Beckley now houses a piece of the Pentagon.
During the special ceremony following the Parade of Lights on Saturday, September 11th, Kevin Price, event coordinator, said he had something special for everyone in attendance.
“You can’t take it home, but you will get it anyway,” Price said. “It’s small, but its meaning is significant and as powerful as the 12,000-pound piece of steel and marble we have in Uptown Beckley.”
Price stated that US Navy Vice Admiral JD McCarthy (retired) contacted him about a year ago to ask if he would like to have this small piece of debris recovered shortly after the attack.
In a framed letter from a Fayetteville resident, McCarthy noted that the debris “remains a memory of the 189 people who died as a direct result of that attack at the Pentagon – sixty-four of whom were on American Airlines Flight 77”.
At the end of the ceremony, which was attended by numerous first responders and their families, and a moving tribute to the local first responders who lost their lives this year, Price reminded everyone to be kind. He quoted Proverbs 27: 1: “Do not boast of the morning, for you do not know what the day may bring.”
“I tell you all, carpe diem, that means using the day. Make it a great one. Not just for you, but for someone else, ”Price said.
He urged everyone never to forget the events of September 11th.