ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -People from throughout the St. Louis community honored the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday.
Three thousand flags, one for each World Trade Center victim, were laid out at Beaumont High School. In O'Fallon, community members held a 911 observance around a memorial created from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center.
Bells rang at the Memorial Garden at the Arnold Recreation Center on Wednesday - a sound that has a special meaning for firefighters. It's the bell that calls them to place their lives in danger. During the ceremony, the bell sounded to honor the firefighters who answered their own bells on Sept. 11, and never returned.
In Belleville, horns played while people stood near a 35 foot steel column from the World Trade Center.
Students at Crestwood Elementary School saluted St. Louis' police officers, firefighters and paramedics during the school's yearly "Heroes Assembly." Along with songs, they gave first responders cards and letters of thanks.
In Fenton, more than 100 people gathered at the Heroes Memorial to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, as well as fallen heroes from the Fenton Fire and Police Departments.
And a group of St. Louisans braved the heat to walk 21 miles from West County to the Gateway Arch during the 11th annual March to the Arch.
The Cardinals are honoring the memory of those lost during the 9/11 attacks by giving away free tickets to Wednesday and Thursday's games to all active and retired military members, as well as first responders.