NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- Several observances for September 11 took place in and around the Port City.
Local firefighters gathered to remember their fallen brothers five years ago. A ceremony was held Monday morning at Fire Station 51 on US-421.
The attendees came together in prayer and lowered the American flag in honor of the firefighters and other emergency personnel who died that day.
While those in attendance were not at Ground Zero, they felt it was important to come together and honor their fallen brothers.The American Red Cross also had a vigil Monday morning to commemorate all those who died in the attack. A somber group gathered outside the organization's building on 17th Street in Wilmington.
Veterans, police officers, firefighters and EMS workers took part in the vigil to commemorate the terrorist attacks five years ago.
For some, remembering this day was overwhelming. Several wiped away their tears as the American flag was folded.
The American Red Cross also held a blood drive at WECT's parking lot Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, members of the College Republicans at UNCW placed 3,000 flags in front of the library to honor the victims of the attack. Volunteers also passed out red, white and blue ribbons, and 9/11 buttons.
Tune in to WECT News at 5, 6 and 11 for a complete round-up on observances in the area.