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Tri-Citians Remember 9/11 Fallen Heroes

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- People gathered throughout the day at Kennewick's September 11th memorial to remember and honor those who lost their lives in terrorist attacks 12 years ago.

The Fraternal Order of Police spent months organizing today's tribute which began with a changing of the guard every 30 minutes starting at 6:30 Wednesday morning.

About 12 hours later, hundreds listened to speeches from community members and a veteran who says this is a must see memorial.

"If you know of anyone, a family member, a neighbor who has not been over here, you tell them to get their rear in gear and get over here and remember those that sacrificed and continue to sacrifice," said retired U.S. Navy Capt. John Butterfield.

Families were also able to enjoy a display of local emergency vehicles from a variety of different agencies, even a MedStar helicopter and bomb squad unit.

The morning started off with a special breakfast and 5k run.     

Kennewick is one of the only cities in the country to feature steel from the World Trade Center buildings as a part of its memorial.