"Today is a day of remembrance, a day of sorrow and a day to stand proud," said Lynne Young, Eau Claire City Council vice president.
"We gather here in freedom to remember the tragedy of one year ago; to honor those who were lost and those who are left behind," she
said."We are also here to thank those who have spent the last year toiling to ensure that this tragedy not be repeated.And finally, we are here in freedom to remind the perpetrators of that deadly day that they did not, can not and will never be able to defeat the spirit that is America."
More than 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, 2001, after terrorists hijacked four planes, smashing two of them into the World Trade Center
in New York and crashing a third into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.The fourth crashed in Pennsylvania.
"There are defining moments in the life of a nation," Young
said."For my father's generation, the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor was a day to live in infamy.My generation will always remember where we were on Nov. 22, 1963, when we heard the news of President Kennedy's assassination.And now, my son's generation will remember Sept. 11, 2001, as the day their lives changed forever."