As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Houston County officials were out in Perry to honor their first responders and the victims of the attack.
A piece of 9/11 history has been sitting in the office of Warner Robins' Mayor since last October.
“I have a piece of steel in my office right now that's going to be displayed at city hall in Warner Robins that came from the World Trade Center,” said Mayor Randy Toms at the Perry 9/11 Memorial.
After sending a letter to the New York City Fire Department last year, Warner Robins received a 15-inch piece of a steel beam from one of the towers and held a procession through town to celebrate its arrival.
Since the city got the piece in October, it has sat behind us in the mayor's office until it gets its final resting place in front of City Hall.
It will be part of the new Veterans Park, expected to open on Veterans Day of this year, so anybody can see and touch it.
Touching the piece is something the mayor says he still can't describe.
“I don't know that I can put it into words without emotions, because it still, even today, to put my hands on it, kind of wells up something in me as a firefighter that most people really don't know how to understand,” said an emotional Toms.
Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans called it a once in a lifetime experience. He was a part of the team that brought the piece to Warner Robins last October.
“For us to be part of that and bring that back to Warner Robins, I keep using the word humbling, but it's just amazing to me,” Evans said after the Memorial event.
City leaders do not know which tower the piece came from, just that it is a part of American history.
Mayor Toms told 13WMAZ anyone is welcome to come see the piece of steel while it is in his office.
Warner Robins’ new Veterans Park is expected to open this year on Veterans Day, November 11.