It has taken 10 years, and tens of thousands of dollars, but today, the state's first 9/11 memorial opened to the public. Located at the USU Botanical Center in Kaysville, it honors the 3 Utahns killed during the 9/11 attacks, as well as 58 soldiers who died during the war on terror.
The memorial, created by the Davis county youth of promise, consists of 5 plaques. The group's leader, Margaret Wahlstrom, said she is so proud this day has finally come.
"The kids, worked so hard for this and it means so much for me to see it happen for them," Wahlstrom said.
Many of those kids, like Shelbie Shaw, are now adults, but they say the message is still the same 10 years later.
"And I want kids to be able to look back and know what 9/11 was because it affected every day American life," Shaw said.
Margaret Wahlstrom and Margaret Brouth are two of those Americans personally affected by the tragedy. They're related to Carolyn Beug and Mary Alice Wahlstrom. Both women died on American Airlines flight 11 when it crashed into the world trade center.
"I think it's important we just don't forget this," Brouth said.
As Brouth mourned the loss of two family members 11 years ago, she recognized something very positive was coming from the tragedy.
"On that day, we were not democrats or republicans we were all Americans,” she said.
Brouth said that is what Americans should take away from this day, every single year.
"We need to stick together so it never happens again," she said.
Brouth feels if Americans can stick together, there's no battle we can't win.
"God bless America," she said.
The memorial was created by donations, but the group is still well short of their initial goal. If you would like to make a donation, call Margaret Wahlstrom at 801-544-0747.