Remembering 9-11

Audio Slideshow: See and hear portions of the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at Augusta Common.

Across the region Tuesday many paused to remember the day's solemn anniversary.

In Richmond County, more than 100 Augusta State University students and faculty gathered in front of the flagpole to remember the day before returning to classes.

Clayton Dixon, an ASU student and ROTC member, spoke to the group, asking them to remember Army Maj. Stephen Long, an ASU graduate who died while rescuing other victims from fires that broke out in the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

After a brief prayer and a one-minute moment of silence, the air was broken with the sound of a rifle salute from ROTC students, then the soft sound of a trumpet playing taps.

Earlier, a similarly somber remembrance took place in Columbia County outside the county government center in Evans.

A crowd of solemn faces, some showing tears, stood before the flagpole as a bagpiper played Amazing Grace.

The morning silence was broken only by the distant chirps of birds, the clanging of metal on the flagpole and 15 rings on a shiny bell, followed by a prayer. As the short service ended, those in attendance clapped.

"I hope this day becomes like Memorial Day, a day off so we can have more people around the (flag)pole," said Elaine Cushman, a worker in the county's water department.

Mrs. Cushman said she vividly remembers where she was when she heard about the attacks six years ago. She was working in a construction trailer where the Evans courthouse is today.

"I think it's important for us to remember as a nation that our lives were changed that day," she said. "And we should never, never forget."

New York City police officers patrol ground zero and Zuccotti Park from the roof of a building on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In all, 2,974 victims were killed by the attacks: 2,750 at the World Trade Center, 40 in Pennsylvania and 184 at the Pentagon.