GAINESVILLE-- Three presidential elections have been held... three summer Olympics have taken place... two new popes have been elected. A dozen years... but the passage of time all washes away in a moment when the images of 9/11 are displayed once more.
12 years after the terror attacks on America... residents of North Central Florida are pausing to remember September 11th.
Around the country people have pledged to do good deeds honoring this anniversary designating a national day of service and remembrance.
In Alachua County different memorial services took place where people came out and remembered that gray morning on September 11th, 2001.
"Firefighters have a bond across the United States. We're brothers and sisters," said High Springs Fire Lieutenant, Dwayne King.
High Springs Fire Lieutenant Dwayne King says it doesn't matter if you are a wildland or municipal firefighter.
He says no matter what, firefighters always look out for each other.
"To lose the single largest lives of firefighters in that short span, is hard for us," said King.
at Nine O'clock this morning a flag hung half staff in front of the High Springs fire department.
"We've dealt, excuse me, through the years we've dealt with our own loss of brother firefighters and sister firefighters that we've worked with, and so we know the tragedy and the heartache it is," said King a bit emotional.
While some chose to remember those who gave up their lives in the line of duty, others joined together and paid their respects by giving to the community.
Habitat for Humanity hosted this event to encourage people to perform service projects to help others.
Executive Director for the Alachua Chapter says this tragic event changed his perspective on helping others.
"It made me more active in my community, it made me want to transform my feelings into actions that would uplift the community," said Scott Winzeler.
Around the University of Florida students gathered and pledged to do good deeds in honor of the fallen victims.
The Jewish Student Center invited everyone passing by to write a deed on a piece of paper and pin it to a board… their goal was to reach one thousand deeds by the end of the day.
Tonight staring at 6:00 P.M. a candlelight memorial will take place at Highland Memorial Park in Ocala.
Also starting at 7:00 P.M. a vigil will take place on UF's campus on the north lawn between the Reitz Union and the Hub.
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