Henrico County holds 9/11 commemoration ceremony

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - An emotional ceremony was held Friday to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11. Residents, police and firefighters gathered in Henrico to remember and reflect.

Dozens turned out to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on that tragic day. The message from police and firefighters was never forget, stand strong and move forward.

Moving music, moments filled with remembrance. It was a time to honor those who died on 9/11.

"Their deaths left us with grief and tears.  It's been 10 years and the hole in our hearts is still there," said Patricia O'Bannon.

Many here recall that day like it was yesterday, including Joyce Smith and Maureen Wolfgang.

"I can remember being at home and looking at the TV, and I was just speechless," Smith said.

"Just couldn't believe it. It was like a movie, especially when the towers collapsed," said Wolfgang.

A decade later, the pain from 9/11 is still present.

"The 19 terrorists perpetrated a cowardly act on innocent people," said O'Bannon.

Bells sounded to signify completion of call to duty.

"We utilize these traditions as symbols to reflect honor and respect to those who have given so much and served so well," said Fire Chief Ed Smith.

Regina Windsor stood in the crowd during the ceremony, she calls the event "touching."

"It means a great deal to me all of those people risked their lives to save others," Windsor said.

Folks here say the attacks didn't weaken America, but strengthened and united the country.

"We have our justice. We have our freedom. We have prevailed," said O'Bannon.

The official 10 year anniversary of the attacks is this Sunday. Several first responders from Henrico went to New York after the attacks to provide support to the city.

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