HILLIARD, Ohio — More than 100 people gathered at First Responders Park Tuesday evening in Hilliard to honor the 2,977 lived lost during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
A wreath was placed in front of a granite monument bearing the names of all civilians and first responders who died in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Songs, prayers and speeches of inspiration were part of the 30-minute gathering.
The park, made up of items salvaged from Ground Zero is unique to central Ohio.
"From what I'm told, it's one of the largest parks outside of New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that honors the victims of September 11th" said Hilliard police chief Robert Fisher.
Fisher, along with other first responders said the memorial is important for people of all ages.
"It's important that we continue to honor the lives lost and continue to emphasize to our younger generation the understanding of events that happened that day" he added.
The Dailey family was at the event, and left roses on the monuments as a sign of love and support.
"It's a time I remember all the terrible things that happened, but you also remember when people pulled together" said Stephanie Dailey.
Her seven-year-old son is still trying to understand the events that happened long before he was born.
"I started to try to imagine the World Trade Center, I just can't explain" said Maxwell Dailey.