Forsyth County will pause Friday to remember those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
This year, Forsyth Fire Chief Danny Bowman said, the annual ceremony shifts to the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex, which displays a support beam from the World Trade Center.
“The New York Fire Department brought it into the building and, along with our firefighters, secured it in its location,” Bowman said. “We thought it might be appropriate to have it here with the 9/11 memorial that’s on site here. We thought it might be meaningful.”
The event has previously been held at Central Park.
The support beam was given to the county in 2006, when the safety complex was built. Part of the same beam was used to make New York Fire Department memorial medallions, given to families of fallen New York firefighters.
Bowman said many local residents may not know about the beam, and including it in the public remembrance can bring the event closer to home.
After a short ceremony, Bowman said the crowd will be asked to file through the safety complex’s foyer, where the beam is housed.
“They will walk through the foyer and lay their hands upon the monument,” he said. “You can touch, pray and remember."