Indiana observes Patriot Day on 12th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Veteran Rocky Carter visits the 9/11 Memorial in Indianapolis early Wednesday.
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America marks the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks today.

Families will be gathering at the national memorial in New York City, which is now a symbol of where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood.

The names of the 2,983 people who lost their lives when two hijacked planes crashed into the towers will be read.

There will be a moment of silence today on the south lawn of the White House.

President Obama will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon, where one of the hijacked planes hit that building in 2001.

And in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, bells will ring in honor of the victims who died on board United Airlines Flight 93, which was overtaken by terrorists, and crashed in an open field.

Everyone on that flight died, but not before some courageous passengers fought to stop the plane from reaching the Capitol.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is asking people across the state to lower their flags to half-staff today to pay tribute to those killed on 9/11.

There are many other events taking place around central Indiana on this Patriot Day.

The memorial site on West Ohio Street in Indianapolis will host a special tribute at 1:30 p.m. today.  Among the speakers will be a man from Dyer, Indiana, who was working at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and was able to get out.

The memorial was the brain child of one Indianapolis firefighter, but came together thanks to the donations and work of thousands of central Indiana residents. Donations large and small helped pay the $350,000 cost to build the memorial after the land was donated by the city.

The 11,000 pound beams came from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. The man behind all of this spent eight days at Ground Zero as a member of Indiana Task Force One, working search and recovery efforts.

"Every exit out of there, hundreds and hundreds of people waving the American flag, cheering us on," recalled Greg Hess. "It was a good ending to a bad day, and it was that way every day. You'd be down there looking over the debris pile over 16 acres - seven, eight stories tall, and you knew there were people in there and you just couldn't get to 'em."

Early this morning, Navy veteran Rocky Carter visited the Indianapolis 9/11 memorial for the first time.

"All the men and women that went to work that day - just wiped out...It really makes me angry," Carter said as he saw the memorial for the first time.

We will also carry a live stream of today's 9/11 ceremony from New York that begins at 8:40 a.m.

"We should never forget," said Hess. "I never will. It's with me every day."