A 150-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center towers was unveiled at a somber ceremony in Palm Harbor to remember the attacks on 9/11.
And it was an especially moving tribute Tuesday morning because of who was in the crowd: Two survivors of 9/11 and an on-duty firefighter who responded to the towers the morning of the attacks.
They dedicated the memorial, a steel beam taken from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
"We want people to always remember," said firefighter Julius Halas, who was part of then-President George W. Bush's security detail in Sarasota the morning of 9/11. "As our MC said today, the events of Pearl Harbor, I grew up learning about that. And now I have a real life horrific event of my time, and some of the children growing up we hope will have it in their textbooks, and they'll never forget."
The community came out in force, and the event had to be delayed to allow everyone to get in. A pipe and drum band performed, and the U.S. Coast Guard did a fly-over.
Elsewhere, the airport and area fire and law enforcement observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. There was also a rally for peace held by groups like Veterans for Peace, Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Democratic Society.
On Tuesday morning, Yates Elementary held an event for students to learn more about the day 11 years ago.
Click through the gallery to see more images from the events around the Bay area Tuesday.
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