TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) --- Flags across the Capital City including those at the Statehouse, Curtis State Office Building, and Memorial Hall were lowered to Half Staff Wednesday to commemorate the 18th 9/11 anniversary.
During their morning commute drivers could see flags flying over I-70 in West Topeka. Members of American Legion Post 421 gathered at the Fairlawn Road overpass near 6th St.
Outside of Fire Station No. 5, 343 flags were seen in the ground. There was one for every first responder killed in the 9/11 attacks. They were placed by members of Topeka’s American Legion Post 400 for the fourth year in a row.
"We still handle our day like every professional day that we have, but it's more somber and it seems almost like yesterday that all that occurred. The towers were taken down, and we were all...we were all just very shocked by it and we still remember it very well,” Battalion Chief Chuck Gatewood said.
Topeka West’s Junior ROTC cadets raised the American flag during the school’s memorial ceremony. They saluted those who lost their lives.
Lieutenant Colonel James Hall spoke during the ceremony. He gave students a picture of that tragic day, and praised first responders who rushed into the Twin Towers as they burned. Hall said the events brought everyone in the country together.
"It's been so impactful on our world and on our culture here, that we wanted to do this as a way of honoring the fallen on that day,” Hall said.
Finally, Master Sergeant Dan Davis with the 190th Air Refueling Wing got permission to stencil 9/11 artwork on the nose of an aircraft.
It reads “September 11th 2001 Freedom Protector.”