Andrea Doherty was living in New York when the planes hit.
"It was a very difficult time to be there," said Doherty, who was born and raised in New YOrk. "The parish where I used to teach lost eight people."
Doherty and her husband Walker moved to Michigan four years ago. They were pleased to find a 9/11 memorial here.
"It made me feel like other parts of the country knew and were still keeping New Yorkers and the rest of the country in mind," she said.
The memorial is actually a piece of steel from the south tower. So for some Lansing residents it provides not only a spiritual connection to the events of 9/11 but also a physical one.
"When you go up and you touch this you can physically connect with the victims," said Llewellyn Drong, Lansing resident.
The Lansing community gathered Saturday to reflect on that tragic day.
"Specific to fire department, we had 343 of our brothers in NY who made the ultimate sacrifice on that horrific day," Bryan Epling, president of Lansing Firefighters. "It's vitally important that we never forget."
That's a sacrifice lansing residents are grateful for.
"Just to remember what people are willing to do to put their lives on the line to help us on a regular basis," said Peggy LaFleur, Lansing resident.
It's a job symbolic of the American spirit.
"They can destroy human life," said Mayor Virg Bernero, "and they did, but they can't destroy the ideals and the values of this country."
The mayor says it's important to remember not only on September 11th, but every day.