Patriot Day 9/11 anniversary in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) - From all over the country, including Jacksonville in Eastern Carolina, many people recall seeing the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, on a television screen.

But now Jacksonville visit recalls the attacks first-hand.

Carl Urbina was an NYPD police officer during the September 11 attacks and said he vividly remembers that day. "I can remember the smells of the smoke and debris and the sounds and listen to people that were yelling and screaming and to say that it was a long-lasting experience that will stay with me, it's an understatement," said Urbina.

Urbina now lives in Jacksonville after retiring from the New York City Police Department, where he was an officer from the 1980s until the early 2-thousands. His tour included September 11th, 2001.

Urbina said, "We were there on ground zero. I mean we were literally going through debris, moving stone by stone just trying to find anybody, and we would hear a noise and everybody would stop just to get a listen. See if there was any tapping or cries for help."

Another Jacksonville resident remembers that day she came home from school, while in 5th grade.

Robin Flight said, "Just the repetitive impact that it had, it, and it was on repeat on the television over and over, and just at that age, you don't really understand the impact of everything, but as you get older you do, and it sets in."

Flight, locals, and those with significant connections to the anniversary all came to Lejeune Memorial Gardens Wednesday.

At the event, photos were held up of a small number of victims, but representing the nearly 3- thousand people who died in the attacks.