Clayton Volunteer Fire Department Receives 9/11 Artifact
By Alex Valverde
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 11:14 PM EDT
CLAYTON, N.Y. -- It's been nearly 15 years since the tragic attacks on 9/11 and first responders from that day want to make sure that no matter how much time passes, people will still remember.
"Teach your children and let them teach their children and that's one way that we'll never let our friends or any of the brothers or any of the other people, the victims, will never be forgotten," said Chris Edwards, a retired New York City firefighter.
For Edwards, Wednesday's ceremony carries extra meaning because he was on the scene that day.
Escorted by dozens of motorcyclists, fire trucks and other law enforcement, Edwards traveled from Syracuse to Watertown and finally to the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department to bring them a physical reminder of those events, a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.
"Clayton is doing a big favor and a big justice to the victims of 9/11 by having a piece of steel on display, so far away from where it happened," he said. "I think that's beautiful."
"It's history, you know?" said Clayton Volunteer Fire Department president Terry Fox. "It's something that a lot of the firemen now, they don't know what happened back then and to the older people, I've been here almost 45 years, and we went through this and it's just an amazing thing for us."
The artifact will be on display at the fire department and anyone in the community is welcome to visit and see this piece of history for themselves.
Edwards' cousin works for the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department. Fire officials say it was about an eight-month process to get the artifact, but it was worth the wait.