Many people in the greater Portland and SW Washington area took a private and public moments to remember the attacks of 9/11 in 2001.

In Kelso, bagpipes played at the Cowlitz County Fire District #2 station.

In Portland, a largebell rang out as firefighters read the names of everyfire fighter killed in the attacks.

It's important that we let our family in New York know that we care and that we understand their loss and that we respect the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters, said Lt. Damon Simmons from the Portland Fire Bureau.

But while many officials were on hand, few members of the public turned out for the events.

On the streets of Portland, some agreed that the feelings from that day are fading.

I don t feel this omni-vigilant, as omni- fearful as I have, said MaryAnn Kersten from Portland.

Although many remember exactly where they were that terrible day.

I was out of the country when it happened and my three daughters were all over the world at the same time and my husband so it was a very traumatic experience just for me personally, said Dian Wustrack. So I haven t forgotten it, she said.

Today the powerful images quickly take us back.

Well, I watched it on television this morning and I felt just about as sad for the people that were there and compassionate I think as most of America does. I don t think it does go out of your mind, said Joan Gamble.

But fortunately, the attacks of 9/11 were not followed by others allowing us to move on with our lives.

Oh I think eventually it does fade, of course it was just a horrible event but I think time in the end, does cause it to fade, said Andrew Franklin.

Which is why ceremonies like today's are so important.

Absolutely, I don t ever want to forget, ever want to forget, said Kersten.

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