MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – As the 11th anniversary approaches of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, a piece of steel from one of the buildings, sits in Muscle Shoals.
Wade Woods is a Muscle Shoals native, who made it his mission to honor those who lost their lives during the attacks, with a memorial in Alabama.
“I want us to never forget those people. That is one of the main reasons it’s here,” said Woods about the piece of steel. “They did nothing but go to work, they did nothing but leave their fire house and rescue unit and go to try to protect the people they were sworn to protect.”
Woods visited Ground Zero two years after the attacks. It’s been a long journey to get this metal to his home state, but now Woods is proud to hand over the piece to the city council.
“In my life time, we were never more united than the months and weeks after 9/11 and that just means so much to me,” said Woods.
Throughout the project, Woods created a documentary called “A Thousand Miles Together.” In the short film, Woods asked people from New York what it means to them that people in a small Alabama town wants to always remember that day.
“They were humbled,” said Woods.
The piece of American history will be on display in the Muscle Shoals City Hall, next to a replica of the World Trade Center for people to touch and cherish, for years to come.
Woods is putting the final touches on the documentary. For more information about the film, visit Woods’ website.