Sep 9, 2011 5:38 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow
Many gathered in front of the 9/11 Memorial at NORAD and USNORTHCOM Headquarters for a wreath laying ceremony on Friday morning.
The memorial is made up of several elements including soil from Pennsylvania, a mangled beam from the remnants of the World Trade Center, and both are embedded in a Pentagon-shaped planter.
Attendees joined in a moment of silence honoring the nearly 3000 innocent lives lost at the hands of terrorists.
"It's important that we stop to honor them and then to the resolve that we'll never forget. Because if we do, we'll be very negligent in defending our freedom and our liberties and we must not ever give up on that," says President of National Homeland Defense Foundation Don Addy.
Seven memorials will eventually be placed across Colorado Springs. All are twisted reminders of the three terrorist attack sites.
Additional 9/11 Memorial sites:
1. Fort Carson (complete)
2. Olympic Training Center (complete, torch)
3. Air Force Academy (dedication scheduled for Friday evening)
4. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (dedication scheduled for Monday, 9/12/2011)
5. Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (dedication scheduled for Monday, 9/12/2011)
6. Schriever Air Force Base (still in planning stages)