Posted: Tue, September 11 2012 at 8:10 AM, Updated: Tue, September 11 2012 at 9:05 AM
The nation is remembering the 3,000 victims of 9-11. Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
There's a full slate of events around the country to honor those lost on 9-11.
At the World Trade Center site, moments of silence were held at 8-46 Eastern time, when the first plane struck.
The names of the victims were read aloud by family members.
Later at the Pentagon, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony, and remarks by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other dignitaries.
Both President Obama and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney are taking a break from political events, and have also taken down their negative ads today, in honor of the anniversary.
Locally, members of Ashland Fire and Rescue spent the morning reflecting, and remember the victims of 9/11.
Members of the department held a moment of silence on the steps of Fire Station 1, followed by a Bell ceremony.
The public was then invited inside the station lobby, to visit the World Trade Center monument, a piece of steel from one of the Trade Centers.
The artifact first went on display 1 year ago, on the tenth anniversary.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has ordered that all flags be flown at half staff in remembrance of the events of 9-11.
He also released a statement: “We pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and honor the men and women who serve and protect our nation today."
"We continue to face challenges as a state and as a nation, but today we are reminded of the shared values that give us strength, resolve, and determination.”