On Thursday, several Clay County residents honored the memories of those who died during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The following is a list of some of Thursday's events.
City honors victims
The City of Brazil honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks Thursday afternoon at Brazil City Hall, by singing patriotic songs and speaking of the heroes involved.
"Their lives were taken with an ill-just cause," Brazil City Firefighter Tobey Archer said about the 343 firefighters and nearly 3,000 total lives lost during the attacks. "Today, we honor them by living as citizens in a free nation."
During the memorial, City Council Member Sam Glover sang the National Anthem and "God Bless America," while Brazil City Police Captain Dave Archer played guitar and sang "God Bless the USA" with his wife, Mary Jo, and Karen Boes.
The event was attended by more than 50 residents, the Brazil Concert Band and city officials, including the Brazil City Fire Department, who each wore a black stripe across their badges in honor of the victims.
"Thinking about those events still brings a tear to my eye and I can feel the emotions in my heart," Raubuch said. "May we never forget the privileges we have in this great nation."
Church members honor victims
Members of River Community Church, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church and Carbon United Methodist Church gathered at the Clay County Courthouse for the first national "Cry Out America" event at noon.
Event organizer TG Timberman said the purpose of the event is to bring people of all faiths together on the steps of their respective county courthouses across the nation in memory of Sept. 11.
"It was a tragedy, but good came from it," Timberman told the audience.
"We joined together as a community of faith and supported each other and our country in an unbelievable moment or shock and grief. There's strength and power in that unity and we need to carry it forward."
Jackson honors first responders
Jackson Township Elementary School welcome Clay County first responders with open arms.
In honor of Sept. 11, 2001, school officials conducted a brunch for the county officials.
"We've always done something special for 9-11," JTES Principal Jeff Fritz said.
However, Thursday's brunch was the first of its kind.
Fritz said in the past, the school has had programs, speakers and provided information for teachers to conduct personal programs in classrooms.
Fritz added school secretary Georgette English played a big role in Thursday's event.
First responders entered the school cafeteria, which had been decorated in red, white and blue along with thank you signs.
They were then treated to a meal consisting of biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, bacon and fruit among other items.
At 9:30 a.m., students entered the cafeteria and applauded the first responders for their efforts.
On each table was a thank you card from the students saying, "You are the heart of our community."
Other county events Thursday included Clay City Elementary flying all flags at half-staff and reading a proclamation for Patriot Day along with a moment of silence; and North Clay Middle School encouraging students to wear red, white and blue and passing out suckers during lunch hours.
Staff reporters Jason Jacobs and Ivy Jackson and Managing Editor Jason Moon contributed to this report.