(Toledo News Now) - More than a decade has passed since Americans received the shocking news that terrorists had attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The United States responded with a "war on terror" and promised to "never forget" the devastation caused on that one tragic day.
Over the years since Sept. 11, 2001, countless communities across the country have established memorials to remember civilians and emergency personnel who lost their lives that day. Northwest Ohio is no different.
A memorial site stands at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon. A beam from the World Trade Center is the site's centerpiece. A solemn groundbreaking ceremony was held in April of 2013 for the site, with local first responders in attendance.
The memorial is in the shape of an octagon, meant to symbolize starting over. The names of those who lost their lives on 9/11 are engraved at the base.
Another beam from the World Trade Center resides in Tiffin. The Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial was built to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The steel beam there is 17 feet long and weighs 6,000 pounds. Officials say it took about a year to create the memorial after requesting the beam in 2011.
A twisted piece of door frame from the World Trade Center serves as a more portable memorial in Perrysburg. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sent the artifact to Perrysburg in 2011. It resides in the city's municipal building, but it can also travel to schools and libraries in the area to reach more people.
A less permanent memorial is set up in September in the Ottawa Hills Memorial Park in Toledo. The Wall of Remembrance displays the names of all who died in the 9/11 attacks.