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9/11 victims honored at Wis. Firefighters Memorial

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -

Those who died on 9/11 were honored in central Wisconsin. It was a time for reflection and remembering.

Even though no Wisconsin firefighters died on September 11th, those who serve in the state say they have a special connection with those who did. Members of the community also say it's important to honor everyone.

As another year passes, we still remember those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

"Watching those towers going down, you're never going to forget that. We remember it every year. This is the 12th year now. I'm glad we remember it,” said Bev Kedrowski of Wisconsin Rapids.

Dozens gathered at the state firefighter memorial in Wisconsin Rapids to pay tribute and honor those no longer with us.

"Those were our fellow firefighters out there in New York that died in the line of duty," said Wisconsin Firefighters Memorial Secretary/Treasurer John Steuck.

A piece of the World Trade Center lives on inside the memorial. It's a section of steel, symbolizing those lost 12 years ago.

"An honor guard came in and placed it in the building and that's where it stays. It's never going to be moved from that spot," said Steuck.

After the ceremony, people took part in a freedom walk, to allow for reflection on the day.

On the way, they passed the wall at the memorial, honoring the firefighters lost on 9/11 and paying tribute to more than 220 Wisconsin firefighters who've died in the line of duty.

"In some ways, it's hard to put into words what 9/11 means,” said Steuck.

The motto of the park -- where the memorial sits -- carries an extra special meaning during events like the freedom walk-- “All gave some. Some gave all.”

This is the second time the freedom walk has been held at the memorial. Organizers say they hope to host the event there for many anniversary's to come.

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