HOUSTON - On a sad, rainy Friday, city residents commemorated a new anniversary of the attacks to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Schools, colleges and public institutions stood in silence to honor the memory of the victims, and the heroism of those first-responders who risked their own lives to save others.
More than 3,000 people died when two airplanes crashed into New York's iconic towers and made them collapse, another plane hit the Pentagon and a fourth was taken down by the passengers on board.
"We can never forget what happened on this day," expressed Camillia Rodgers at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. "We have to keep the memories of those who were lost in the attack alive."
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. James L. Williams, the last remaining Buffalo Soldier, lead a simple and meaningful ceremony.
"This was a totally planned terror attack, intended to murder people," he said. "The U.S. military and the whole nation should stand united to make sure things like these won't happen again".
Fourteen years have passed since that bloody morning changed our country and the world.
"It's a feeling of loss for all the lives taken away," lamented retired Houston firefighter Jim Godlove. "But I realized that there were a lot of lives saved because of firefighters running into the building.
We'll never forget where we were when it happened; the country will never forget the lives lost, and the world will never forget the bravery of the heroes of September 11, 2001.