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Memorial services across the Valley honor lives lost in 9/11 attacks

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As another year passes since the attacks on 9/11, events across the Valley commemorated the lives lost on that fateful day 17 years ago.

A solemn tribute was held at Austintown's 9/11 Memorial Park, remembering all of the victims and the first responders who gave their lives.

The ceremony and the park itself makes the history come alive for those who are too young to remember that day.

The park has beams from the World Trade Center, building stones from the Pentagon and dirt in an urn from the crash site of Flight 93 on permanent display.

"It gives us a more real modern feel, like hey, this just happened, even though it seems like it was a while ago keep it fresh in your minds, it's a big deal," said 14-year-old Matt Miller of Boy Scout Troop 115 of Canfield.

"I think it's a great tradition to do for her (three year old daughter) to see her uncle in the honor guard and to just see the first responders and see what they really go through each and every day and what they went through, most importantly, 9/11," said Kelley Manning of Austintown.

Members of police and fire departments from across the valley and the military and veterans took part in the ceremony.

A common theme Tuesday night was thanking first responders, uniting the community and remembering the American ideals that brought us together in those dark days that followed.

Keynote speaker Colonel John Boccieri, who is also a State Representative, encouraged people to remember where they were on that day and where they sought refuge. He also emphasized the renewed sense of patriotism afterwards and said it is a lesson for us today to find the meaning that united us.

In Boardman, Saint Charles students, children who were not born yet to witness the attacks, gathered together to remember those who sacrificed their lives during the attacks and took the time to recognize first responders. 

Vienna Township hosted a 9-11 memorial ceremony of its own as well.

Congressman Tim Ryan was there to speak, along with Colonel Scott Stewart from the Youngstown Air Reserve Base.

Two beams from one of the twin towers served as part of the backdrop, honoring all the victims, first responders and their families.

At Youngstown State University, future first responders held a ceremony reading the names of all those who died saving lives.

RELATED COVERAGE: YSU remembers fallen first responders of 9/11 attacks

They are not just a number, and today President Donald Trump reminded all family members of those on Flight 93 they are not grieving alone.

"Today, all of America wraps up and joins together. We close our arms to help you shoulder your pain and carry your great, great sorrow, Your tears are not shed alone," said President Trump.

Several flags could be seen across the front lawn of the capitol in Columbus, each one honoring a victim, all of them arranged in a shape to remember each attack.

To date, health officials said about two thousand people, mostly first responders, have died from 9/11 related illnesses after being exposed to toxic chemicals in the months after Sept. 11.

They expect those numbers to continue to grow in the years ahead. 

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