Gibsonburg memorial honors lives lost in September 11 terror attacks

GIBSONBURG, Ohio (WTVG) - In Gibsonburg, a modest but powerful memorial pays tribute to the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

"I'm awestruck by it," Gibsonburg resident Jackie Price said. "It's just neat. It's cool to see."

Every year on the anniversary of the atrocities people of all ages turn out to pay their respects.

"Every time I see it I think about what those people had to go through, and I can picture it in my head," Gibsonburg fourth grader Kayla Price said. "It makes me sad."

The village's memorial is arguably unlike any other in the country, featuring a 36-foot long, 7,000 pound antenna from the top of the North Tower. Its design also incorporates a pentagon shape and elements from Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The sight of it all evokes strong feelings from those who see it, including Kyle Timmons.

"We weren't really sure how bad it was," said Timmons who was in Washington D.C. on the day of the attacks. "We kinda' were being told that everything was being blown up at the time."

As a former member of the U.S. Navy, Timmons was stationed outside the nation's capital in 2001 and was tasked with helping those at the Pentagon.

"To look out and to see the smoke it became more real than I could have ever imagined," Timmons said of seeing the damage.

Now a pastor in Illinois, Timmons shared his experience Wednesday and called on Americans to stick together just as they did on that fateful day.

"We didn't know anyone that we were in contact with, but we were friendly," Timmon said. "We could offer a smile. We could just show them respect and dignity that we all deserve."