No matter how much time passes, Sept. 11 will always be a somber day.
Americans commemorate the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Tuesday, marking the fateful day with memorial events across the country and the Upstate.
President Obama proclaimed 9/11 Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Ceremonies were held in New York City, Washington D.C. and in Pennsylvania to mark the fateful moments when nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations were killed in the terrorist attacks.
In the Upstate, ceremonies will be held throughout the day to honor the lost lives and service of the first responders.
At 8 a.m., the Boiling Springs Fire Department held a brief ceremony at their World Trade Center Memorial Plaza at the district's headquarters located at on Pelham Road in Greenville County.
This year's ceremony was the first for the district since their memorial was installed. The memorial has a piece of the World Trade Center on display.
Later in the day, Homeward Angels will hold their annual White Dove Release in honor and remembrance of 9/11 at the Landrum Fire Department. The event begins at noon. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., USC Upstate will hold a memorial service in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum Amphitheater. Students, faculty, staff and the community will attend the service to hear reflections, thoughts and words of motivation about the historic, tragic day.
Flags will be provided to students to plant in the grass at the amphitheater.
In Columbia on Tuesday night, the 9/11 First Responders' "An Evening of Remembrance" event will be held in Columbia.
Members of local police, fire, paramedics and military will be present for the ceremony honoring those who have fallen since Sept. 11, 2011, including those made part of the memorial at the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday.
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