Middle school teacher, Gary Weddle, 50, displays his cut beard while shaving the left over stubble the evening of May 1. Weddle completed a vow he made nearly 10 years ago not to shave until Osama bin Laden was captured or proven killed

After 3,454 days, a middle school teacher in Ephrata, Washington, is finally free to shave a beard he has been growing since Sept. 11, 2001, in the name of freedom.

Gary Weddle, 50, was so affected by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that he stopped shaving.

“When the twin towers came down, I was horrified and I was glued to that television,” Weddle told KOMO News during an interview in June 2003. “And [I] realized that not only was I not taking showers, I wasn’t shaving.”