Published: Sep 11, 2013 9:03 PM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.,- This piece of granite has been officially dedicated at Riverside Park. It traveled nearly 1,100 miles from Ground Zero, to Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.

It symbolizes a country banded together to make sure this tragic day in history is not forgotten; it will also stand for the men and women that didn't make it home 12 years ago today.

It was an obviously painful day for many Americans as they come together for another year, to pause and remember the first responders and civilians who died when our country was attacked.

Heavy hearts fill Riverside Park, but amongst a day, filled with so much emotion, people here say having that 1,800 pound piece of granite in Bonita Springs fills a void left on that horrific day.

The piece was recovered from the rubble after the Twin Towers collapsed.

Men and women all in different uniforms united with the community, came to remember one of America's darkest days in history.

We listened as former New York City firefighters and police officers talked about the day the Twin Towers collapsed.

And now, a piece of their past, that 1,800 pound piece of granite, has been brought to Bonita Springs, a place they call home.

And along with the rest of country, the two words "never forget" echo throughout Bonita Springs.