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It’s been 18 years since 9/11. Every year, Americans revisit the horrors and the heroes of the event that changed the course of history, but this year marks something different. This year marks 18 years of many youth’s life who have no memory of 9/11.

To remember 9/11, Milwaukee County held its annual 9/11 Remembrance event at the War Memorial Center.

Mayor Tom Barrett said it’s important we continue to do this event for those who were brave enough to run towards the danger and for thousands of people who lost their lives. They were humans not just numbers They were mothers, sisters, nephews, uncles, teachers, community leaders and more.

“We need to continue this tradition,” said Barrett. He also urged people to take time to remember and pay tribute to those who sacrificed for this country, not just during 9/11.

The early morning event featured a display of American flags, the singing of the National Anthem, the firing of riffles and short remembrance speeches.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele spoke of his three daughters and how he each year he takes time to tell them about the importance of remembering 9/11.

Just like he told the audience during his speech, he tells his daughters to have respect for first responders and all public servants. He said it’s also important to remember that not everyone believes in the freedoms that America has, which is why it’s the citizens duties to do what we can to keep our freedoms free, for everyone.

“Live up to the promise and spirit of this country,” said Abele.

As the years go on, both Abele and Barrett said it’s the duty of the people to pass on the legacy of those who died during 9/11 and to remember to honor those fought to keep others alive.

The event ended with the traditional ringing of the bell before people left the center.

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