Knox citizens, officials mark Sept. 11 anniversary

Knox citizens, officials mark Sept. 11 anniversary

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The City of Knoxville and Knox County observed the anniversary at 8:45 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony. The City of Knoxville and Knox County observed the anniversary at 8:45 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony.
A wreath was placed at the 9/11 memorial on the front lawn of the City County Building. A wreath was placed at the 9/11 memorial on the front lawn of the City County Building.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A series of events Tuesday in Knox County will honor those who died and served on the fateful day 11 years ago when the U.S. was attacked.

The city of Knoxville and Knox County observed the anniversary at 8:45 a.m. at the 9/11 memorial on the front lawn of the City County Building. 

A moment of silence was observed by the participants, including members of the Knoxville Fire Department and family members of 9/11 victims. 

Several churches rang bells at 8:45 a.m. and again at 9:05 a.m. to mark the moments when planes hit the two towers of the World Trade Center.

"My brother, Tim Haviland, was working on the 93rd floor of the North Tower, which was the first tower hit," said Bruce Haviland.

There were no speeches, just a wreath next to the memorial.

"I choose to remember the good times: the laughter, the solving of the world's problems around the dinner table, things like that. Tim had a wonderful sense of humor, and a hearty, deep laugh, and that's what I choose to remember on days like today," Haviland added.

One man arrived early, expecting more than two moments of silence and the ringing of church bells. "From what it had been in the past, I'm afraid we may be forgetting a little bit about what goes on, or what went on that day," Chuck Sayne said.

"We had some concerns, too, with it becoming too political, the politicians. I have that feeling too. I don't want to politicize this. It's about the families," said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.

Haviland thought it was handled appropriately. "I actually prefer it that way. I'm glad they've made it a time for the families and I actually read an article in the paper today about how in New York, there are no politicians speaking this year, just family members."

Knoxville Fire Station No. 1 on Summit Hill Drive honored the day by displaying a large American flag in front of the station during the time of the attacks.

Many flags throughout the county will fly at half staff on Tuesday.

Eleven years later, it's something we'll never forget. "September 11 never gets easier. It's always a very sad day," Haviland reflected.

6 News Reporter Jessa Lewis contributed to this report.

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