On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, Marysville community members gathered to remember the event and those who were killed.

Local pastor Dan Hazen said community members continue to keep the event in their memory to give the event it’s proper weight and legacy.

“We recognize that to remember is hard work. To remember often brings pain. But to remember often brings value to what we remember,” he said.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring thanked everyone for coming to the ceremony to honor the fallen as part of the city of Marysville's annual event to commemorate the day.

“It’s so heartening to see so many people come out from the Marysville community and stand with us to say that we will never forget,” said Nehring.

Nehring said the day was shocking to much of the country.

“Most of us here will remember the horror and helplessness we all felt while watching the devastating news reports on 9/11 and the weeks that followed,” he said.

“In less than two hours, what had started as a normal day ended with nearly 3,000 people from 93 countries dead,” he said.

He wanted to recognize the work of first responders on that day who helped many people get out of the World Trade Center.

“Eighteen-thousand people were working in the World Trade Center complex. Most were evacuated safely thanks to the first responders and rescue personnel on site,” said Nehring. “Survivors were able to walk down 88 flights of stairs with glass everywhere, water gushing down. It took an hour to make this walk for many of them."

Nehring said that many families were left without fathers and mothers that day.

“I was watching a bit this morning as they read the names [of the victims] in New York. One of the ladies was reading the names and one of the names was her father,” he said.

“It makes you think about all the empty seats at dinner tables and empty bedsides that were a result of this tragic event,” he said.

For Marysville, Sept. 11, 2001, also has another significance as beloved firefighter Jeff Thornton also passed away that day due to cancer.

“Here in Marysville we also take a little bit of time to remember one of our own,” said Nehring.

“On the same day of the terrorist attacks we lost Jeff Thornton, an 18-year veteran with Marysville Fire. Jeff will always be remembered as a favorite son of the Marysville family," Nehring said.

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