MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The city of Moss Point held a memorial Tuesday morning at 8:46. That's the exact time eleven years ago, the first hijacked plane hit the first World Trade Center tower in New York City.
More than a dozen police, firefighters, EMT personal and citizens united to remember the lives lost in the terrorist attacks.
Just like so many Americans, Moss Point Fire Chief Clarence Parks remembers exactly where he was and how horrible he felt when America was attacked.
"They hit New York, they hit the Pentagon, the news hit the media, but more than that it hit close to home," Parks said.
"A plane had hit the World Trade Center and who was there to rush into those buildings? Men and women in uniform, sort of like the one that I am wearing," Police Chief Keith Davis said.
"Emergency personal responded to a horrific scene, fighting crowds of people fleeing for their lives as they ran in with one mission in mind, to help a stranger. Even if it meant laying down their own life," Acadian Ambulance Operation Supervisor Frank Duke said.
Because of the service and sacrifice of so many emergency responders, Moss Point's mayor said those who protect our country here and across the world should always be honored.
"That is what this day is about. Not just looking back, but to remember those that are serving us each and every day," Mayor Aneice Liddell said. "We want to say 'thank you.' And there are no others words other than 'thank you' and 'may God be with you.'"
This is the first year the Moss Point Fire Department has held a 9/11 memorial service. City leaders and the fire department want to make it an annual event.