FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- After 9/11 Americans made a pledge to never forget the terrorist attack that devastated our country and the spirit to rebuild and recover. 12 years later the people of Fallon are honoring that pledge.
The grounds next to Fallon City Hall were packed as Governor Brian Sandoval and Mayor Ken Tedford led the town's annual 9/11 remembrance event.
The crowd was silent as Tedford read the timeline of tragic events that happened during the course of that day. "It's an emotional time to read that," Tedford said. "The whole day is emotional for me."
"It causes you to remember and pause about exactly the course of events of that day, and how we were all in shock," Gov. Sandoval said.
A brick memorial to 9/11 was the very first of its kind and each year it's the centerpiece of the annual event. At its heart is a beam from the World Trade Center, something Tedford said helps to remind people how real this tragedy was.
"Helps us connect to what happened, why we did what we did as a country and the resolve we had to try to stop terrorism," Tedford said.
To stay connected they hold this ceremony, complete with taps and a three-volley gun salute.
Then first responders, elected officials and citizens added roses to the memorial - some of the people too young to remember a world before 9/11.
But the kids seemed to appreciate the gravity of the moment, and so did the adults who were watching.
"It just brings tears to your eyes," Gov. Sandoval said. "It's just very emotional."
11-year-old Meagan Trinidad was born after 9/11, but she understands why people who lived it would never want to forget.
"It's part of history and it's kind of like part of them," she said.
Tedford said Fallon will continue this annual event to help people remember.