NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown today, people gathered around the county’s 9/11 memorial to mark the upcoming tenth anniversary of that terrible day.

The sculpture incorporates an actual piece of wreckage acquired from Ground Zero cupped by a pair of bronze hands reaching 20 feet into the air.

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Montgomery County officials dedicated the memorial in 2005 for all those who were lost but especially for the 11 people with local ties who died that day.

“We felt fear and anger, as evil men assaulted our homeland, our people, our children,” said Montgomery County sheriff Eileen Behr (at lectern in photo).  “On that day Americans resolved to defend our freedom and not allow our fellow Americans to die in vain.”

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John Sigmund of Wyndmoor, whose 25-year-old daughter Johanna died at work on September 11th, said she had always wanted to have four children.  Instead, he says, her family has set up a scholarship in her name at two schools, so they could “make some good come out of so much evil.”

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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