TAMPA -- Remembrances of September 11, 2001 are taking place across the country and around the Bay area today.
A sculpture representing first responders and survivors is being dedicated in Tampa. The memorial, which features a steel beam from the World Trade Center, is being unveiled in front of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office headquarters.
Officials said the ultimate sacrifice the thousands of men and women made on 911 will never be forgotten.
"It strikes home with all of us," said HCSO Col. Jim Previetera. "Because we realize that at any given time we may be called into danger just like those heroes were on 9/11."
Pennsylvania artist Becky Ault found a way to incorporate the beam from the South Tower into the sculpture to bring memories to life.
"She surrounded herself with pictures of 9/11 all around her studio in Pennsylvania to try and get the right effect to come up with the proper sculptures," Previetera said of the artist's process.
Officials are hoping the artwork will serve as a location for hope, honor and healing.
"This memorial we hope will serve as a visual focal point to educate future generations in Tampa and Hillsborough County about the events of Sept. 11," Previetera said. "And the impact they had on our country."
More 911 Bay area eventsHillsborough
Tampa Fire Rescue hosting a ceremony at the Tampa Firefighters Museum, 720 East Zack St. in Downtown Tampa. 8:35 a.m.Pinellas
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens will remember the attacks at 10 a.m.at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens , 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Lt. Mark Wing of the Clearwater Fire & Rescue plans to run an 11-mile route from fire station to fire station wearing full bunker gear and carrying an American flag.
Wing will start at 9 a.m. Thursday from Station 44, on Sand Key, the head to Station 46 on Clearwater Beach and then cross Memorial Causeway and end up at Station 49 behind Clearwater Mall.A 911 memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor, 1750 Curlew Road.
The 5th Annual Honoring Our Heroes - Remembering the Day will be held at 6 p.m. at . Central Park, (West Central Ave at 4th and 5th) Winter Haven.Summerlin Academy in Bartow will honor the memories of those who lost their lives from the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special ceremony at 7 p.m. at 1500 S. Jackson Ave.Pasco
September 11th ceremony will be held at Sims Park, at the intersection of Grand Blvd. and Circle Drive, in New Port Richey. 7 p.m.