Around the nation and here at home, we pause to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001.
Quincy City officials gathered Wednesday morning for the annual 9/11 ceremony at City Hall.
Dozens were in attendance, including fireman, police and city leaders for a special remembrance ceremony to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks.
Brother Ed Arambasich with the Quincy fire Department says it's also good to take a personal moment of reflection.
"Go away somewhere, if it's just to your kitchen, or outside patio, just to sit and be with God and to reflect on what happened this day, 12 years ago," said Brother Ed.
Mayor Kyle Moore also dedicated a painting donated to City Hall by Linda Go which depicts firefighters raising an American Flag at "Ground Zero".
A similar ceremony was held at the American Legion in Hannibal.
A fire truck holding the American flag served as a reminder to never forget those who died and those who served as emergency responders.
It was also a day of celebration as American Legion members wore their gold celebration colors as a way to honor the survivors and the heroes.
"It reminds us never to forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice, who did their duty, who responded that faithful day and are no longer with us," said Chief Bill Madore, Hannibal Fire Department. "So, it's honoring and remembering them and giving them the respect that they deserve."
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