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Prince William's County 9/11 memorial represents 22 residents who died

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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- Out of thousands of communities that wanted remnants of the Twin Towers, Prince William County is one that received a piece of history. Now, it's sharing with the community.

The steel beams leaning against each other in a chaotic shape represent the towers that went down that day, and represent the 22 citizens of Prince William County who died.

The final piece of steel that stands straight up and is in the shape of a cross reminds residents of the resilience and the spirit of the American people. It is also a stark reminder of the brutality of the day and the fragility of peace.

Prince William County reportedly lost more residents that day than any other community in the region – out of the 22, 21 were military service personnel. And like they did in New York, there was a reading on Wednesday of those who perished.

Dave Laychak is one of them.

"He was my best friend and he was the kind of person that made everybody feel like they were their best friend," said his wife Laurie, who doesn’t want anyone to forget.

She says this new World Trade Memorial is important, especially for future generations including her children – Zach and Jenny – who were nine and seven when their father died.

"Our foundation was shaken and you can never put the pieces back together the same way," she said.

James T. Lynch, Jr. is another.

"Still, I miss him every day,” said his wife, Brenda.

Lynch was a civilian who worked at the Pentagon. He was known as the “Candy Man” because he walked around giving people treats.

The new monument is a physical reminder that people can walk up to, touch, and feel in memory of that day.

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