A piece of national history will soon become part of a memorial in the area.
Cherry Valley Fire Protection District hosted a groundbreaking Saturday for their 9/11 Memorial Park at the Cherry Valley Fire Department Station 2, 4919 Blackhawk Rd.
The site will host a steel beam that was once a part of the World Trade Center.
That beam will be mounted on two pedestals representing the Twin Towers. The Fire Department hopes this park will be a place people come to remember those who lost their lives that day.
"It is our goal to erect this as a memorial for the public to come here at any time, day or night, to reflect on what was a terrible tragedy for the United States," said Battalion Chief Allen Geeser of the Cherry Valley Fire Protection District.
The 9/11 Memorial is expected to be finished this summer. This memorial is being funded entirely by private donations.