Twelve years ago today, our nation experienced one of the most vicious attacks to ever occur on U.S. soil.
It was a day that many of us will never forget.
To remember those who's lives were lost during the tragic event, the Williston Fire Department held a ceremony in their honor.
Firefighters, police officers and other members of the community came out to show their respects
Fire Chief, Alan Hanson believes it's important to also recognize the people who were involved in the response and recovery phase.
September 11th, 2001 had the largest loss of life to emergency responders in U.S. history.
The ceremony began just before 8:59 central time which was when then first tower fell.
A new flag was placed at half-mast followed by the tolling of the bell which symbolizes calling a firefighter home.
The message Hanson wanted those on hand to know, is it's important to remember the past so it does not repeat.
(Alan Hanson, Fire Chief, Williston Fire Dept.) "If we don't understand what happened that day, we are doomed to repeat that history. We don't want to have to do that. We want people to remember what happened and to make themselves safe so it doesn't happen again."