By: Kayla Bremer
"I would ask you, like me, to remember the 189 people that lost their lives at the Pentagon, the 256 victims that perished on the four planes, and the nearly 3,000 victims of the World Trade Center that include 60 members of law enforcement and for me especially, the 343 New York City firefighters," Lincoln Fire Chief John Huff said.
Nearly 1,300 miles from where the Twin Towers once stood, dozens gathered in Lincoln to remember those who died 12 years ago.
The ceremony is held each year at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park.
Connie Wilson, a former American Airlines flight attendant of 38 years goes every year. She says she was off work the day of the terrorist attacks, but goes to remember her co-workers who died onboard.
"It was horrifying for the country, not just for the airlines but since I worked for American, it was particularly close to my heart because ours was the first plane that went into the World Trade Center and also the one at the Pentagon," Wilson said.
Even more than a decade later, emotions still run high and everyone remembers where they were that morning.
"I lost friends at the World Trade Center collapse who literally were running into the building when everybody else was running out," Chief Huff said.
Victim's families gathered at the Pentagon, in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at Ground Zero in New York City to pay tribute and listen as one by one the name of each victim was read aloud.