HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg honored the 15th anniversary of 9/11 in front of fire station one this morning.
Dozens of first responders gathered Sunday to remember the lives that were lost during this tragic event.
The ceremony started off with the ring of a bell and a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11.
"I don't think anyone will forget what happened 15 years ago a few minutes ago right now," said Mayor Johnny Dupree.
Firefighters stood proudly next to the 9/11 memorial downtown to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost 15 years ago.
"Those people lost their lives going through normal everyday activities and we had first responders who did what they trained to do; they responded," Dupree said.
First responders bowed their heads in prayer and the Hattiesburg police performed a 21-gun salute to remember firefighters and police who lost their lives in the line of duty.
"It was our brothers and sisters in there trying to save those people getting out and it touched us all," said Lt. Jon Traxler with the Hattiesburg Police Department.
Chief Paul Presley with the Hattiesburg Fire Department said its important to remember the sacrifice that first responders make every day.
"I hope people don't forget what happened that day and realize how important first responders jobs are," Presley said.
The American flag was lowered to half staff and Pine Belt residents promised to never forget the people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack.
"America is America, and it is the greatest county on earth," Dupree said.
The American Legion Post 24 and St. John Hospice presented the Hattiesburg Fire and Police Department with donations to thank them for their service to the community.