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Remembering 9/11 18 years after the attacks

It has been 18 years since the tragic events of September 11. Today we remember and honor those lost.

PHOENIX — Eighteen years have passed since the September 11 attacks occurred in 2001. As people across the globe are pausing to reflect, we remember the events of that tragic day.

Ceremonies are taking place across the country to honor the victims and first responders who lost their lives while many look back at that fateful day.

While most of us go on with our normal daily routine, some took a moment to share their thoughts about the Sept. 11 attacks on social media. 

From photos to poignant notes, people across the internet are sharing where they were during the attacks and how they affected them.

Mary Ann shared her story about where she was on Sept. 11 on our Facebook page

Julie N. shared this touching photo with a simple caption that read, "She may never know... but she will never forget."

She may never know... but she will never forget ♥️🇺🇸

As we look back 18 years ago, many young people who were not around in 2001 are now learning about the attacks in history books. While such a sad topic could be difficult to discuss, Team 12's Ryan Cody offers some good advice for speaking to children about Sept. 11.

Many in the Valley are also making their way to the Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park. Dozens gathered at the Healing Fields memorial in Tempe to honor lives lost on 9/11 Wednesday morning.

The ceremony was held at Tempe Beach Park at 5:46 a.m., which is the exact time in Arizona when the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center 18 years ago.

During the ceremony, the names of the first responders who died on Sept. 11, 2001 were read aloud.

Behind the ceremony were nearly 3,000 flags, each one symbolizing a person who died in the attacks.

“It’s definitely moving and it’s definitely eye-opening just to see how many flags are out here and to see each one of those represents a person and they’re just going to work that day, you know?” Eva Kirschbaum said.

A candlelight vigil will be held at the Healing Fields at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

For more coverage on the ceremonies and events honoring the victims of Sept. 11, Visit the links below.

Additional Sept. 11 coverage:

18 years later, America vows to 'never forget' 9/11

N.Y. governor signs law for Sept. 11 moment of silence in schools

White House Moment of Silence on September 11, 2019

Watch Scenes From 9/11 Remembrance Events At The Three Sites Of Terror Attacks