By Molly Daly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 9/11 memorial was unveiled Monday next to the firehouse in Audubon, New Jersey.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: How Much Snow Will Major Nor'easter Dump On Your Area?
It seemed the entire population of Audubon was gathered in front of the firehouse — young, old, and in between, many sporting red white and blue. They clapped and whistled when the memorial was revealed — a steel and concrete anchor point from the World Trade Center’s North Tower, where the first plane hit.
That morning, Audubon native Lou Giaccardo was in the South Tower. He says the memorial stands as a tribute to the true heroes, that day, and every day.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: What Happened To Celina Mays, 12 Years Old And Pregnant, 26 Years Ago?
“No matter how large the city or small the town, firemen every day place their lives in danger, and I want to personally thank you that are here today for your heroics. Thank you, guys,” he said.
There were few dry eyes in the crowd during Giaccardo’s speech. Afterward, he talked about what the day means to him.MORE NEWS: Major Preparations Underway At Jersey Shore, Philadelphia Region Ahead Of Winter Storm
“I will live with the day for the rest of my life. Till the day I die, I will carry this in my heart. It’s love. It is,” said Giaccardo.