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Remembering 9/11

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On a Tuesday, 17 years ago, the United States was attacked and 3,000 Americans died.
This year once again we remember the lives lost and reflect on the tragedy of the day that Americans will never forget.

Governor Bullock ordered flags be flown at half-staff, and said in part,
"Each year, September 11th reminds us of how much we lost, but also what brought our nation together in the face of tragedy and what binds us all as Americans. 
We owe an enormous debt to our men and women in the Armed Forces and to our first responders. 
We are truly blessed to live amongst these heroes."

In Great Falls our own first responders and community members gathered at Great Falls Fire station one,

G-F-F-R Battalion Chief Bruce Perry spoke to the crowd gathered early this morning explaining the ringing of the bell signifies those who serve the community but will never again go home. 

"A moment of silence weighs heavy in the air as everyone thought back to where they were when America was brought to its knees. 
It was an event that played out in front of cameras and the tragedy the emotion it was all there for everyone to see," said Shane Klippenes, GFFR Trainer.

No one could escape the deafening sound of the buildings falling down.
"From my perspective it was the defining moment of our generation it took kind of the scene of security and who we thought we were as a nation and a generation and shattered it, it totally changed things,"said Klippenes.

He said, 17 years later it is important  the youth to remember and understand how tragedies shape the country.
"By no fault of their own they don't have the depth of experience that comes with pre 9/11 so it is somewhat frustrating at time that people do forget or just don't" said Klippenes

He added we as a nation must remember everyone who not only died that day but also those who had to pick up the pieces and continue on.

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