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Lauren Axe, fifth in front row, is the memorial artifact liaison for the 9/11 memorial in Nelson Park. In this file photo, a section of the I-Beam from the World Trade Center is transported from the Decatur Airport to E.L. Pruitt Co. Mechanical Contractors Monday August 14, 2017, in preparation for incorporating the piece into a local 9/11 memorial at Nelson Park.

Name: Lauren Axe

Occupation: Memorial artifact liaison for the Nelson Park 9/11 memorial, controller for The George A. Mueller Beer Co. 

When Lauren lives: Decatur

Looking back on the process to bring Decatur's 9/11 memorial to life, how would you describe that experience?

It was a humbling experience and a blessing that we were able to get it done. It's something that Decatur can look upon and be glad. Corey Kistner (a United States Marine Corps veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks) said at the memorial's unveiling that not everyone can go to 9/11, but they can come here and see the memorial. 

What else do you have in store for the memorial?

Sometime in the next week or two, the granite base and the pavers will be installed. In June, we'll bury the time capsule in front of the (Macon County) Courthouse and it will have a scrapbook and other items about the whole journey in it.

To you, why is it important that we have memorials like this within the community?

So we never forget. I've learned as I've gotten older — and I never liked history when I was younger — when you see something like that, it will invoke some kind of memory for us. 

What keeps you going during what sounds like a busy schedule?

I just go to one job and then the other. 

Do you think you'll take a vacation anytime soon?

We are actually planning on going to see the 9/11 memorial in New York City. Just for a couple of days. I think it's evolved since it opened, and there's a lot of people who are passionate about it. We're looking to see what it's like around Christmas time. 

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