It has been 11 years since the September 11 attacks. In Richmond, city leaders are calling on the community to honor the lives lost on 9/11 by giving back.
At a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday, a single bell rang out commemorating when the first tower was hit. It happened at 8:46 a.m.
A large flag covered City Hall as a reminder of the lives lost.
"Not only do we remember them, we also remember the valor and the absolute American spirit that drove us in the hours following 9/11," said Mayor Dwight Jones.
In the crowd, those who serve our country and our city were given special recognition for their sacrifice and service. But the solemn event was also held as a call to action by city leaders.
"Today we want to funnel that energy, that negative energy and reverse it into positive changes right here in the City of Richmond," Mayor Jones said.
Some gave to the food drive while put together care packages for local veterans.
VCU's fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha helped out. Now in their early 20's, these men were barely 12 years old when the attacks happened.
"Now that I'm older, it sinks in especially being somewhere like this today," said Ryan Tatum, a member of the fraternity. "It really means a lot and it means a lot to be here and remember those who were lost."
Others learned CPR.
"Just knowing I would be able to help in a situation or if there is a disaster or something like that happens again, it makes a difference," added April Steed, a city employee.
It's these acts of giving that many at the event believe make us better as a city and ultimately, a country.
Mayor Jones also signed a 'statement of support' for members in the National Guard and Reserve.
It signifies a pledge that their jobs will be protected when they serve our country.
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