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Pr. William Co. remembers the 22 lost on Sept. 11

Sunday - 9/11/2011, 11:03am  ET

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Liberty Memorial in Prince William County, Va. where 22 victims of Sept. 11 were remembered Saturday. (WTOP/KathY Stewart)
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Kathy Stewart, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Twenty two residents of Prince William County died 10 years ago on Sept. 11.

County officials held a ceremony of rememberance Saturday evening by the county's Liberty Memorial.

The Memorial, dedicated five years ago, is a permanent memorial to those who died that day.

Brenda Lynch lost her husband James Lynch at the Pentagon. She says she smiles when she sees the flagpole at Liberty Memorial because it was the flagpole that stood in front of the Lynches' house.

She says her husband flew the American flag every day. After his death she sold the home and the flagpole was donated for the memorial.

Lynch served on the Sept. 11 Liberty Memorial Committee, which organized the effort to make the memorial become a reality.

The memorial is a reflecting pool in the shape of the Pentagon. Two flowing towers of water represent the World Trade Center and the walkway that surrounds reflecting pool is Pennsylvania shale.

A piece of stone from the Pentagon rests near the pool and in the future, steel beams from New York will be erected nearby.

The names of the 22 Prince William County residents are inscribed on the wall of the reflecting pool. Nineteen residents died at the Pentagon and three in New York.

Laurie Laychak lost her husband Dave. She says she thought she would be doing better at the 10 year mark, but says the hardest part is looking at her children.

They were 7 and 9 when their father died.

"They've spent more time without their father than with. It just breaks my heart," she says. Laychak also served on memorial committee.

The memorial used no government funds and was funded by donations.

Sean Connaughton, Virginia's Transportation Secretary, was the chairman of the county's board of supervisors 10 years ago.

He had just left the Pentagon when the plane hit the building. The memorial is very important to him. He worked with the families and the committee to make it happen.

"That's how we will continue for years to come to honor the Prince William County residents who lost their lives on 9-11," he says.

"The 22 who died that day, got up on that beautiful Tuesday morning, said goodbye to their families and slugged or car pooled to work, got their coffee, headed to their desk. For them it was just like any other day in Washington."

But at 9:37a.m., when the plane slammed into the Pentagon that changed forever.

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