BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Residents and first responders around Bryan and College Station paused to remember the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks.
Tuesday marked a day of remembrance for the deadliest attack on American soil.
On September 11, 2001 terrorists hijacked several planes. The World Trade Center site in New York as well as The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. were targeted.
A fourth plane, Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA after passengers and crew fought back. Flight 93's target was the U.S. Capitol.
In Bryan and College Station firefighters and friends of first responders spent Tuesday morning remembering the fallen heroes from September 11th.
It's become an annual climb at the Varisco Building in Downtown Bryan.
"It's just important. I think it's showing solidarity. I mean the only difference between our guys here and the people in New York is they happened to be called upon that day," said Mayor Andrew Nelson of Bryan.
Nelson and others climbed 110 stories. It's the equivalent of the World Trade Center Towers' height.
"I just keep thinking man this is hard but I don't even have the equipment and I'm not carrying people," said Nelson.
Over in College Station firefighters and first responders held a climb at The Aspire apartments tower.
"The takeaway is that in the Brazos Valley you have a great group of first reponders, they're physically fit. They're all good at their jobs and it's important to pay attention and they care," said Chief Jonathan McMahan, of the College Station Fire Department.
Over at Veterans Park a steel relic from one of the Twin Towers sits at the War on Terror Memorial Site.
"Things like that don't leave you they're with you forever, and so yeah it's still an emotional thing," said Dr. Hank Bohne, U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.).
Bohne served during the War in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.
On that Tuesday morning 17 years ago, many of us remember vividly the horror of that day. But the newest generation wasn't old enough.
"They didn't live through it. They need to be reminded about what it was like and how people felt and what it meant to the country," he said.
More than 400 first responders died while doing ther jobs during the attack in 2001.