GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Many can remember what they were doing 16 years ago on September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked commercial airplanes and flew them into the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field.
Every year there are observances to remember the victims and especially the first responders who went in to save lives but lost their own.
Greenville held a local observance in front of the Pitt County Courthouse Monday.
First responders read the time of each event, from when the first plane hit the twin towers to when they collapsed.
Each moment was recognized with a toll of the bells and a wreath presented.
City leaders spoke about 9/11 with visible emotion.
Douglas Dennard, from Greenville, worked at Leiman Brothers Financial in 2001, which was just a block away from the twin towers.
He says he remembers running for his life after the planes hit and he's still thanking the first responder who pulled him to safety.
Dennard says despite the tragedy, he remembers the camaraderie displayed after the attack on our country.
"I never forget those sounds, I never forget those sights, but I also will never forget the tremendous amount of togetherness and community and brotherhood that was expressed by other New Yorkers during that time."
There was a 21-gun salute for the nearly 3,000 people killed at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and aboard Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania.
Greenville's Public Safety Pipes and Drums played Amazing Grace during Monday's ceremony. They also played in New York City last year to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks.