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Lexington remembers the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks


Lexington is joining cities and communities across the nation today in marking 22 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11.

With more than two decades past and a generation born after the 9/11 attacks reaching adulthood, mourners are repeating the words that became a mantra in the wake of the events that left nearly 3,000 dead: "Never forget."

In Lexington, first responders gathered for a ceremony at Phoenix Park and the University of Kentucky continued its tradition of placing flags along the front lawn of the Main Building as cadets began reading off the names of those lost at 8:46 am, when the first attack occurred.

Gov. Andy Beshear made an appearance in Ashland and released a video, noting his own personal connection to the tragedy.

"We lost so many Americans, including one of my classmates," the governor said. "Every years we come together to remember, to grieve for those lost and to honor the heroism of the brave first responders."

Fayette County superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins penned an op-ed in the Herald-Leader urging lessons in classrooms that not only repeat the facts of that day but “rekindle the unity thereafter.”

Tonight, community members can take part in a traditional memorial stair climb at Kroger Field. Major Derek Roberts of LFD told Fox56 everyone who takes part will get a name of someone who perished. When they finish, they will ring a bell and take a tag with them. The stair climb starts at 7.