ROCKVILLE, Minn. (AP) -

Nearly 1,000 pounds of twisted steel from the World Trade Center is now a part of a monument honoring veterans and first responders in a small central Minnesota city.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been distributing artifacts from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to communities and organizations across the country, as long as they are used in a public memorial.

Fox 9 KMSP-TV reports that after community funds were raised for more than a year in Rockville, the steel beam memorial was dedicated Sunday--marking the 15th anniversary of the attacks.

Rockville resident Denise McNeal says after 15 years, the memorial brings community members closer to what changed everyone forever.