MILWAUKEE -- A somber, heartfelt remembrance was held at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center on Tuesday morning, Sept. 11.
A massive American flag hung from fire trucks at the entrance to the War Memorial. On this day, the feeling of patriotism ran high.
"Those of us who lived through this will remember it for the rest of our lives," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
"It was attacked by people that don't like that we live in a country that has freedom of speech and freedom of religion -- and we fiercely embrace and protect that," said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.
Among the thousands killed in the terror attacks were first responders who rushed into the World Trade Center's twin towers to save others. A piece from one of the towers holds a place of honor at the War Memorial Center.
Joe Campbell, an Army veteran and firefighter, drove the beam from New York City.
Gov. Scott Walker was also in attendance. He said we can honor the fallen beyond this day.
"'United we stand' should be more than just a bumper sticker. It's something we work on every day, and that's how we can truly honor the dead by serving all of us who are living here today," said Walker.
Campbell said we can also preserve their memories for those who weren't around 17 years ago.
"The memories will fade if we don't tell the story and repeat the story and hopefully not have this story repeated again," said Campbell.