LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- At 9:59 a.m. Tuesday September 11, 2001, the world would change forever. At that moment, the first World Trade Center building in New York City crumbled down after a passenger plane was flown into it. It was a terrorist attack on U.S. soil that sent shock waves around the world.
A flag ceremony was held Tuesday at the Louisville Fire Academy to remember the fallen heroes who died that day.
“If you’re like me you could see the images on TV,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “But you were having a hard time as to what was taking place and why it was taking place.”
What was known at that time was that thousands of lives were in danger.
“You just knew that something was going to happen,” said Captain Richard Bliven of the Lyndon Fire Department. “And firefighters were probably going to lose their life that day. I think the question was more of how many.”
Thousands of people died that day. Bliven watched it unfold on television as many others did around the world, like Brent Kelly with the Kentucky National Guard, who was celebrating his birthday.
“I remember vividly when the event occurred,” said Kelly. “Patriotism swelled in all of us and I was shocked.”
Tuesday was a day of remembrance on the 11th anniversary of the attack. But it was also a day of service as many volunteers around Louisville helped build a shelter at the Veteran Affairs Hospital, plant shrubs around the Louisville Fire Academy and did what they could to give back to the community.
“I remember I was hanging tobacco in a barn,” said Adam Blackaby as he recalls September 11, 2001. “It was just a very sad day for our country. A lot of people lost their life. It’s just great to give back on a day of service."
Fort Knox is also hosting a Patriot Day Ceremony to remember those who were lost.
The Clark County chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its annual September 11 memorial service at 7 p.m. Three thousand flags are already on display, each bearing the name of one of the victims.