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Sept. 11: First Coast Residents Spend Sunday Remembering 9/11 Victims

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  People on the First Coast haven't forgotten that day - Sept. 11, 2001.

"Everyone went silent. It was just horrible," said Reshema Perry.

Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there were several moments of remembrance today across the First Coast. 

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At a ceremony in St. Augustine, retired New York firefighter Bill Brennock, who was at Ground Zero that day, rang a bell 11 times in memory of the victims.

Flags were placed outside Blessed Trinity Catholic Church where members spent the service reflecting. "There are a lot of reasons for us to be angry, to be afraid," Monsignor Vincent Haut told the congregation.

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"Time passes and you really don't want to remember but it's very important for all Americans to reflect," said Diane Antar, who stopped at the Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall outside EverBank Field on the way to the Jaguars game.

It ended up being an emotional moment.

"Because of the people who really gave their lives for our freedom and for us to be able to go to a football game, it's really touching," said Antar.

At the Jacksonville Landing this morning, veterans ran an 8K to support the Wounded Warrior Project. 

An artifact from the World Trade Center on display at the Landing served as a visual reminder of lives lost, and why service members continue to fight.
    
"Just remember the way people felt that day when it actually happened, and keep supporting our troops and people overseas and be reminded what we're doing here is important for everybody," said Michael Blankenship, U.S. Navy.

Many stressed the importance of continuing to remember even after this 10th anniversary is over.

"Never forget.  And I don't think the American public ever will," said Antar.

First Coast News

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