As cars drove past with people getting along with their morning, a group of about 40 gathered at Memorial Park in Tomahawk Friday morning.
Fire trucks from Nokomis and Tomahawk lined River Street as the Tomahawk Veterans Honor Guard prepared the Posting of Colors.
Every year for the 18 years following the events of 9/11, Tomahawk has held a ceremony to honor the victims and first responders that gave their lives that day.
“Storms and wildfires, protests and race issues, political divides as well as others that are interrupting our lives on a daily basis, we must ask why we are focused on this,” said Pastor Larry Mathein during the invocation.
With so many changes in our lives this year, the speakers focused on the changes that stemmed from 9/11.
“On September 12th, 2001 we said that the world had changed forever,” said Tomahawk Fire Department First Lieutenant Kevin Krueger.
Americans came together in the days after the attacks.
“This one event showed the world that we as a people can and will come together when the chips are down,” said Mathein.
Krueger called for people to come together once more.
“Let’s unite like we did back then and show the world that America is full of survivors that work together, never give up, never lose faith, never stop moving forward and we will never forget.,” said Krueger.