At Showers Plaza this morning people gathered to commemorate to pay homage to local and national public safety officers and the thousands who died twelve years ago.
Bagpipes, a gun salute and a ringing of bells sounded to remember the day.
Uniformed officers laid a wreath in honor of the victims and the heroes of 9-11.
Mayor Mark Kruzan says the memorial was an opportunity to appreciate local officers and firefighters for all that they do to protect their citizens.
“We all remember the heroics of 9/11 and what first responders did, but we want our police officers, firefighters, to know that we appreciate their heroics- the day-to-day heroics- that they’re always there for us,” Kruzan said.
Lee Hamilton, who served on the 9/11 commission and heads Indiana University’s Center on Congress, says the public is much safer since the attack, but not safe enough.
“The record overall has been good especially with regard to protection of the homeland, but it’s not a perfect record. And I still think there’s a lot to be done to make the American people as secure and as safe as they ought to be and as we want them to be,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton says since 9/11 the federal government has added hundreds of new security measures to better protect Americans.