CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Seventeen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, our country and our communities still mourn.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed and thousands more injured as a result of the terrorist acts in New York City, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania.

“It wasn’t just the people that were in the Twin Towers, it affected the whole country and the whole world and we should remember it every year,” said Deb Holewinski.

Deb and Robert Holewinski moved to Charlottesville a year ago from Florida, but are originally from New York and New Jersey, respectively.

“Being that we’re both from the northeast, it really hit home for us because we had been to New York many times, walked around Manhattan, we had seen the Twin Towers,” Robert said.

They, along with other community members, took time Tuesday to visit the Charlottesville Fire Department's Fontaine Avenue Station to reflect. The station houses a steel girder from the World Trade Center, facade from the Pentagon, and a rock from the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 crashed.

“It's very unique for a department of our size and a community of our size to have a memorial like this. It's very special,” said Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter.

Each year, the Charlottesville Fire Department invites the community to view these artifacts and reflect on the dark day that left a lasting impact on all Americans.

“I’m just totally amazed when I look at this girder that’s hanging here to see how thick a piece of metal can be so twisted and mangled and try to imagine that this was part of the building as it was coming down... It’s quite a remembrance,” said Robert.

“Every time I see pieces of the World Trade Center it just brings back that day,” said Deb.

Chief Baxter reminds us that 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and eight emergency medical technicians made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th 2001.

“There are people today all over the country on duty career, volunteer, firefighters, police officers, paramedics that are ready and willing to take that same level of risk for their communities,” he said.

Baxter invites anyone to come visit the Fontaine Avenue Station any day. He says he is proud that the fire department can offer this to the Charlottesville community.

The Covenant School paid tribute to the anniversary of 9/11 by placing a flag for every person who died that day 17-years ago.

Students say it also stands as a symbol of hope and the Christian faith that got people through tough times.