LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) -- Logansport joins the nation in honoring the thousands of lives lost on September 11, 2001. The city held its annual 9/11 Ceremony outside the city building on Friday. This year's event also kept local first responders in mind.
"To be able to come out and remember not just the tragedy but what came from it and how everybody came together, no matter what you're beliefs were you came together as the United States," said Fire Chief Rick Bair, Logansport Fire Department.
The 9/11 ceremony isn't new to the Logansport community but for city leaders and local emergency workers, every year brings a newfound appreciation for first responders who lay their lives on the line.
"It's single-handedly the day that the most firefighters, police officers lost their lives in a totality of all the other victims so today we remember and carry on their names and always remember them," said Police Chief Travis Yike, Logansport Police Department.
This year, organizers wanted to focus not only on honoring the victims and the first responders who fought to save lives in New York City but also honoring emergency workers right within the community.
"We all face the same things, time away from our families, the job, the things we see so whether you're in Logansport, or New York or Chicago, we're all a brotherhood and a sisterhood," said Bair.
Every year this ceremony includes hanging the American flag at half staff. This year, Mayor Chris Martin said they wanted to include a new tradition, by also hanging one flag with a blue stripe to honor fallen officers and another flag with a red stripe to honor fallen firefighters.
"Without public safety, our local communities don't run we don't operate so we definitely need to show a little more appreciation and respect for the men and women locally, not just throughout the country or overseas but those men and women who are serving our city and our towns and our communities," said Martin.
Mayor Martin said the city plans to keep the flags hung at half staff all weekend.