LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Across Louisville and southern Indiana, the heroes and victims of Sept. 11, 2001 are being remembered today.
It's a date that is personal for some of Louisville's own first responders. Hundreds of American flags were still planted in the ground at Jefferson Square Park Friday afternoon, hours after some of them attended a ceremony there earlier today.
It's personal for a lot of them because they headed to Ground Zero after the attacks, and even knew some of the first responders in New York City who lost their lives.
Several hundred people gathered on the steps of Metro Hall and in Jefferson Square Park Friday morning to remember and honor the heroes and victims of Sept. 11.
"All of us remember where we were 14 years ago today," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
It has been 14 years since the worst terror attack on American soil that brought down the World Trade Center.
"I remember watching those magnificent buildings burn and then fall," said Fischer.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks. Mayor Fischer told the crowd about a local man and his family who died.
"Let me remind you about Ron Gamboa," Fischer said. "Ron, Dan and David were aboard United Flight 175 when it struck the South Tower at 9:03 a.m."
Mayor Fischer says that even if you didn't know any of the victims, what happened on 911 affects us all.
"Everyone was touched by 9-11 and we wanted to start this remembrance so that people could remember things that were relatively near in our history as well," he said.
Across the bridge in New Albany, a piece of steel from the twin towers has been turned into a memorial and is on display. After 14 years, it is still emotional for Battalion Chief Matt Bowyer.
"We have got a piece of steel from the World Trade Centers," said Bowyer. "It is dear to my heart and several of the guys on the fire department."
Bowyer lost three friends on Sept. 11.
"John Jr. was a fireman in Brooklyn, and Joe was a police officer with the NYPD, and Pete was the lieutenant on Rescue Two, out of Brooklyn," he said. "They all responded to the Trade Center. They were killed there."
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