The sound of drums filled the air as members of Lansing's police and fire departments marched into Wentworth Park, Tuesday morning.
They were there to pay tribute to their peers who lost their lives during the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. While the Grand Ledge High School choir sang the Star Spangled Banner, a large crowd began to pay their respects, as well.
The crowd surrounded the piece of the World Trade Center that sits in the park. Lansing firefighter Stephen Babcock says he was happy to see so many people.
"In our busy, day-to-day lives, it's easy to get caught up in that and...I don't want to say forget, but it's not in the forefront," said Babcock. "It's important, this day, that we put it in the forefront."
The ceremony not only honored fallen New York City police officers and firefighters, but also operating engineers, who had the dangerous job of clearing the rubble of the fallen World Trade Center.
"As the dust settled, we responded just as all the other responders did," said Lee Graham, a local operating engineer."
No matter how those that attended the ceremony paid tribute, the same feeling was shared by all...never forget.