Palm Harbor, Florida -- Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens unveiled a new 9-11 memorial to a crowd of more than 700 people during the morning dedication ceremony.
The memorial includes two granite pieces in the shape of the World Trade Center Twin Towers that features a piece of steel from the World Trade Center suspended between the towers.
"It's beautiful," said Anne Koster. She pointed to the top of the South Tower toward the 81st floor where she was working on that fateful day.
She recalls sitting at her desk and watching as an airplane approached closer and closer to her building.
"The plane came into the left, just came in, just came right into the building. Tiles came down off the ceiling, the lights shook," she told 10 News.
She quickly called her husband to let him know she was okay and then made her way down the emergency stairwell her friend and co-worker Susan.
"I was walking on the 44th floor, a fireman had given me oxygen, Susan told me to rest with her and I told Susan, I didn't want to rest, I wanted to go," said Koster.
She pleaded with her friend, but Susan refused to continue the journey down the stairs.
"It took me an hour and fifteen minutes to get down the stairs and I was out of the building 15 minutes when tower one came down," she said.
Susan did not make it out of the building alive.
Koster took part in today's dedication ceremony with hopes of keeping the memory of those who lost their lives that day, alive.
Luis and Victoria Kikis spent the morning making copies of fellow firefighters and friends who gave their lives that day.
They filled four sheets of white paper with pencil copies of the names.
"We have Michael Judge who was the Chaplain of the fire department, Ronald Bucca who was the only fire marshal who perished, so many, many names," said Victoria Kikis.
"People tend to forget so when you have something like this, it keeps it going," her husband said, looking toward the memorial wall with the names of his comrades. Luis Kikis was working with the unit in Brooklyn and responded to Ground Zero the next day. They didn't leave until a few months later.
Eleven years may have gone by, but the memories are still fresh. While the survivors have moved on, they have not forgotten. They don't want anyone else to forget either and that's why they continue to share their stories, especially with a generation of children who were not even born or too young to remember.
Koster will go home tonight and tell her story to her friend's daughter who is working on a report about 9/11 for school.
The Kikis have a collection of memorabilia from 9/11 and share their stories with classrooms of children. They will be adding the sheets of names they copied today to the collection.
More than 1,000 pieces of steel from the World Trade Center have been distributed across the country to be included in public memorials.