Locals gather for 9-11 ceremony at Veterans Park

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - College Station locals gathered to remember those lost in the 9-11 terror attacks at the War on Terror Memorial site at Veterans Park Tuesday morning.

The ceremony began at 7:44 a.m. local time, the approximate time the first plane hit Tower 1. Tuesday's memorial included a speech by local Dr. Hank Bohne.

Dr. Bohne says the terror attacks and subsequent war in Afghanistan inspired him to join the Army Reserve in 2007, so he could help our wounded soldiers. He believes it's important for those of us who were alive during 9/11 to share our experiences.

"There are so many people now that were either too young to remember when it happened or they've been born since that time and all they have are historical records, they didn't live through it," said Dr. Bohne. "They need to be reminded about what it was like, what people felt and what it meant to the country."

A steel relic from one of the towers stands at the War on Terror Memorial site at Veterans Park. College Station firefighters placed a wreath next to the relic, to honor the 343 first responders who died doing their job 17 years ago.