Tears and prayers for 9/11 victims, Hoosiers visit downtown memorial

9/11 memorial in downtown Indianapolis. (WTHR Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – 18 years after the 9/11 attacks, Indiana has not forgotten. There were many memorials to the victims and heroes of that day.

At times the 9/11 memorial in Indianapolis was crowded with visitors. School children, downtown workers and others sat quietly, took pictures, prayed and cried.

Cindy Childress sat quietly, remembering a morning she will never forget.

"I just remember sitting in my living room and watching it like it wasn't real," Childress said. "Just talking to you, I want to cry. It's very sad."

So sad that a lot of visitors cried or tried not to. Christine McKeon lingered for a long time.

"You cannot stand here and not feel he presence of all the people who passed away," McKeon said.

Almost 3,000 people died that morning.

As a 5th grader, Andrew Voss remembered his teachers were scared and frantic.

"As a child, you think they are coming for us," Voss said. Now as an adult, he is looking for answers that no one has.

"I can't believe somebody would do that to thousands and thousands of people," Voss said. "I don't understand it. I don't get it."

On September 11, 2001, Monitez Porter was a baby. While photographing Indiana's 9/11 memorial, he saw the hate and the love of that day.

"Every year, every day this same time there are people dead that were so close and it's so tragic," Porter said.

18 years ago, Brian Larcom was working in a community just up river from New York City.

"One of the planes that hit one of those towers went down the Hudson River and passed by our office," Larcom said.

He visits the memorial every year and offers a prayer.

"To the people who passed away first responders and pray for those who are still dealing with this," he explained.

18 years later there is there is still hurt and frustration.

"We haven't been able to find a way to get along with each other," Larcom said. "We are all one people. We need to find a way to live together in this world we have."

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