Memorial services are being held across the country Wednesday morning for the twelfth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Chicago Fire officials attended a bell ringing ceremony at Engine 98 in Streeterville.
The bell ringing started at the exact time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
Every fire district in the city held a similar event.
“What happened on September 11th, 2001, will never be forgotten,” said Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago. “When you talk about the first responders who were lost, 343, it’s a very important day for the country to remember what happened… It is an emotional day for us.”
Services are also being held in Naperville, Palatine, and a dozen other suburbs.
Santiago says fire crews everywhere have a bond to those who died in service.
“Given the chance, each member of the NYFD would do it again,” said Santiago. “They are firefighters and paramedics. Because that is how we think. That is how we feel, and that is what we do.”