Patriot Day Ceremony in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Ceremonies are taking place across the nation to commemorate the 16th anniversary of September 11.

Nearly 3,000 people including first responders were killed during the terror attack  — when terrorists hi-jacked four U.S. planes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in America.

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Two of the planes hit the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York City, another hit the Pentagon outside of Washington D.C. and the fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Monday morning Lexington Police and the Lexington Firefighter Honor Guards participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Phoenix Park.

The ceremony was a time to reflect on all who lost their lives that day.

September 11, 2001 was the deadliest day in history for New York City firefighters. More than 300 were killed while on duty at ground zero.

“When you lose a brother, when you lose family — it is a deep hurt,” said retired Lexington Firefighter, Cloyd Shelley.