Artist Jorg Dubin was in Laguna Beach, 3,000 miles away, when New York was sent into a tailspin after two planes barreled into the World Trade Center 10 years ago.
Although Dubin felt connected on a human level to the atrocities and the aftermath, it didn't truly hit home for him until some of the wreckage showed up on his doorstep only a couple months ago.
"The initial reaction is remembering where you were on that day," he said.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, the city and Dubin will dedicate "Semper Memento," a 9/11 memorial at Monument Point in Heisler Park that utilizes two beams from the fallen twin towers.
His sculpture features two beams at an angle, anchored by a mirrored ball. The base is a pentagon-shaped field of grass, recognizing the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. A bit of the dirt is from Pennsylvania.