H'burg Fire Department holds 9/11 ceremony

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."

Those in attendance at the ceremony were Hattiesburg mayoral candidate Dave Ware, Hattiesburg Police Department officials, Hattiesburg Fire Department officials, and people in the community.