This day weighs very heavy on the hearts of firefighters as they remember their brothers lost September 11, 2001. Wednesday morning the city's firefighters joined other first responders for a special ceremony.
As a bell rings at the exact time the South Tower of the World Trade Center was struck 12 years ago, local firefighters, police, service members and other first responders pause to remember the innocent lives lost and the heroes who emerged that day.
"I think it is important that we never forget," says Chief Robert Creecy. "We have to always remember that when times are at their worst, human beings are at their best."
Not far away at the Virginia War Memorial, four bells toll for the four planes the terrorists hijacked.
Here the U.S. Navy's Richmond recruiting command retires a flag in memory of the lives lost, and asks to take time for reflection.
And at the Capitol Bell Tower, Governor Bob McDonnell led a statewide moment of silence for Virginia's victims.
Bells rang at 9:37 a.m. - that's the moment one of the planes struck the pentagon.
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