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Chippewa Falls ceremony honors 9/11 victims

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- From New Auburn to New York, Colfax to California, Americans are taking time to remember those who lost their lives 12 years ago Wednesday.

Most of us can remember exactly where we were when we first learned of the attack.

"We were just coming to work and getting our day ready.  The television set was on and Katie Couric was interviewing somebody," remembers Chippewa Falls Fire Chief Tom Larson.  "All of a sudden the tv went split-screen and showed the World Trade Center on fire.  After they went to a full-screen and started reporting on it, then watched the second plane hit the second tower live on tv and then it was like oh my God, the world just changed."

The Chippewa Falls community had a ceremony Wednesday to honor those who lost their lives.

"This is a tribute to the firefighters, the EMS, the police officers, law enforcement and also the military because there have been lots and lots of people sacrificed because of this," Larson points out.

And there is one clear message event organizers hope people think about once they leave Irvine Park.

"They pass it on to the younger generations and that hopefully we can make this an annual event," explains Event Organizer Ed Nayes.

"Remember 9/11 and be proud to be an American," says Larson.  "God bless the U.S.A."

College campuses across the state also honored the victims by placing almost 3,000 flags on campus. 

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