STAUNTON,Va. (WHSV) -- The memory of Sept. 11, 2001, even 12 years later is still a day that has a lot of meaning for fellow first responders.
At the Staunton Fire Department Station One flowers placed at the foot of a structural steel beam removed from the rubble of the World Trade Center towers. It's a memorial dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11.
"I lost 18 friends that day," said Staunton Fire Chief Scott Garber
For him, the memory is personal.
"They were there to do their job, they did their job, but they paid the ultimate sacrifice that day for what happened," said Garber.
For first responders and for cadets at Mary Baldwin College remembering what happened that day is an important part of life today.
"If we don't have something to learn from, if we don't have something to hold onto and to keep us pushing forward, I feel like society will just kind of kick back and put their shoes up," said Jordynn Heatherington with the VWIL Corps. of Cadets.
At the fire station, honoring their fallen heroes is just a part of their daily routine.
"You put your uniform on and it's just another day of work, but it's always in the back of your mind," said Garber.
For them, the memorial and even the job itself serving as a reminder every single day of the lives lost 12 years ago.
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