The Hattiesburg Fire Department held its 11th annual 9/11 memorial ceremony Wednesday morning in Downtown Hattiesburg at Memorial Park. Firefighters rang bells in observance of planes that struck the Twin Towers in New York City-- one bell sounded at 8:46 a.m. in honor of The American Airlines Flight 11, and the other at 9:03 a.m. in remembrance of the United Airlines flight 175 plane that struck at 9:03 a.m.
Even though bells did not sound for the American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania, a wreath was laid at the ceremony in remembrance of every life taken on September 11, 2001.
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree expressed his condolences after making a remembrance speech.
"As we remember those things that affect our lives, we'll always remember what happened 9/11," he said.
"We could be next. If we could be next, we need to remember how to respond, and how to band together as a community to avert some of these things."