MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Today, people across the country are remembering those that lost their lives on 9/11.
Across Monroe, city leaders, first responders, and others held ceremonies to remember the events of that day and honor those that served in 2001.
"This is a day I know is still difficult for many, but which reveals the love in your hearts and in the heart of our city and nation, we remember and we will never forget those who lost their lives in the September 11th attack," said Dr. Carolyn Hunt from Walk in the Word Church.
Eighteen years later, our nation and Monroe, remember those who lost their lives serving our country.
"9/11, [is] a significant life event for pretty much everybody, worldwide, the biggest significant life event I know," said Col. Ed Bush, Director of Public Affairs for the Louisiana National Guard.
Bells rang across Monroe, as law enforcement partnered with our local museums to remember and honor all first responders for their sacrifices.
"For many of the police and firefighters, the pain that started 18 years ago still exists today. There's hundreds and thousands of police officers and firefighters that suffered injuries and illnesses that to this very day are still causing tragedy and still taking lives," said Chief Eugene Ellis, Monroe Police Department.
The NELA Delta African American Heritage Museum and the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum also held a ceremony to educate JROTC cadets about the events of 9/11 and hear from first responders across Monroe.
"9/11 happened before I was born, after everything I've heard about it, through like the news and everything, all kind of coverage on 9/11...it's really emotional, it's something that shouldn't have happened," said Anthony Lemoine, JROTC Franklin Parish HS.
Today is a day that thousands will never forget, and one that changed our country forever.