Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- People in Las Vegas are paying tribute to the victims of 9/11 in two remembrance ceremonies on Wednesday morning.
At 6:55 a.m., firefighters gathered at the flagpoles outside of all LVFR fire stations. At 6:59 a.m., dispatchers sounded three sets of bell tones over Las Vegas Fire and Rescue's communication channel in tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives that day. That is the exact time the south tower of the World Trade Center fell 12 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.
In addition to the ringing of the bells, a special American flag that once flew over the World Trade Center was also hoisted to half-staff on the flagpole in front of Las Vegas Fire Station 5.
On display in front of the station is a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The City of New York has requested that the special flag be flown over the piece of steel at half-staff each Sept. 11. It has been done every year since the city received the flag in 2004.
A few families showed up to watch that ceremony, including Shoshana Kinn who brought her three kids. She said even after 12 years, the pain is still real.
"It's still there," said Kinn. "It's still devastating." Even though two of her children are under the age of 12, she wanted them to see how much our country was affected by the tragedies of that day.
At 9:30 a.m., there will be a second remembrance ceremony at Fire Station Five.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is among the public officials expected to attend that event. It is open to the public. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Fire Station 5 is located at 1020 Hinson Street.