Services included a prayer by Warren Timothy Morris; National Anthem singing and flag raising; a speech by Coach Lacy Wilson; and closing remarks by Mayor Jeffery Kilpatrick
At the end of the ceremony the crowd released red, white and blue balloons into the sky to honor those impacted by the horrific terrorist attacks committed 11 years ago.
"I think today's ceremony went really well," said Kilpatrick. "We will continue to do this on 9/11 and every year it should get better. We're breaking ground toward progress — just trying to move forward."
"This was a great thing for our community," said Alderwoman Katrina Perkins. "Some of us have become emotional today remembering the fallen soldiers and the fallen heroes.
"It's good to see our community come together as one today. It was such a great tragedy 11 years ago."
Alderman Harvey Burchfield said he was proud of the city's efforts.
"We're very honored to take some time for the fallen victims of 9/11," said Burchfield. "This is exactly what Drew needs."
Kilpatrick said he was pleased to see citizens, city workers and especially school children in attendance.
"It was a really special having the kids here to learn about it and participate," he said. "I have to take my hat off to all the community support for making this happen."