INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers prepared to gather at the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday to remember the lives lost in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.
The permanent 9/11 Memorial located near the canal by Ohio Street was constructed using beams recovered from the debris when the towers fell twelve years ago.
Dozens of events were scheduled to be held on Patriot Day, including a ceremony and concert at the memorial set to begin at 1:30 p.m. City officials said Ohio Street would be blocked to traffic between West Street and Senate Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow pedestrian access to the memorial.
At 11 a.m., Indiana's Interchurch Center on West 42nd Street planned to hold an interfaith remembrance ceremony.
Later in the day, The Rathskeller was scheduled to hold a fundraiser for the Indianapolis Firefighters Bereavement Fund from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will include live music, a balloon release and a candlelight vigil.
A Patriot Day ceremony took place Wednesday morning at Indianapolis International Airport. A moment of silence was observed at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center 12 years ago.
"This is a very important day in the history of America," said traveler Kristen Pederson. "We should remember everyone that obviously lost their lives during 9-11 and everyone that, you know, came in to help during that time as well."
"It is a very vivid time in our lives. It's just an unusual thing, all of the people that were lost," said Denny Wilburn, of Indianapolis.