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      The Tri-State community remembers

      Quincy's dedication ceremony. (9/11/11) / Sam Ruble

      Sunday, millions of people across the country remembered those lost on September 11, 2001 and the men and women still fighting in their honor.

      KHQA traveled across the Tri-States as one community after another united in this day of remembrance and strength.

      Quincy

      "9/11 was another beautiful day, just like today," said Lt. Don Briddle with the Quincy Fire Department.

      The dedication ceremony in Quincy drew in hundreds of people to the plaza just outside City Hall. Among those in the crowd were dozens of our local first responders.

      "It makes you think a lot more about this job and the dangers we're asked to face, and the sacrifices we're willing to make. You think, if those people can do that, so can we," said Chris Patterson, with the Quincy Fire Department.

      For others at Sunday's service, it was about their family members serving overseas in honor of those who died.

      "It definitely still feels like yesterday. It's hard, especially when you come down here for stuff like this, but it's all for him," said Emily Sprinkle. "The kids, they love him. They definitely love supporting their dad and wearing the clothing that shows off that their dad is in the army."

      "He is the best dad I've ever had," said Emma Windmiller, who sat with her brother for most of the ceremony wearing a 'surviving deployment' T-shirt.

      "My heart goes out to all of them. They're the true heroes in all of this. They're the ones suffering the biggest loss for this right now, because they're still over there fighting, keeping us safe," said Patterson.

      Also at Sunday's ceremony, a piece of the World Trade Center's North Tower antenna. You can view it in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza at City Hall next to the September 11 memorial.

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      The Tri-State Lugnuts Car Club show had a patriotic feel to it this afternoon. Three sky divers dropped in during the show. The last diver had an American flag tied around him.

      That flag flew in Afghanistan and was brought back to the United States. The flag will return to Afghanistan and be retired.

      Most of the cars at the show had flags on the cars. Some even had the Never Forget posters on them.

      All of the profits from the show will go to the Veterans Activity Fund. In the past 11 years, Tri-State Lugnuts Car Club has given more than $54,000 to the fund.

      Hannibal

      Hannibal also received a piece from the World Trade Center.

      Sunday, it sat at the bottom of the flag pole at the Marion County 9-11 center.

      The N-6 on the more than 500 pound piece of steel could mean that it came from the sixth floor of the north tower, but no one is really sure.

      Marion County 911 Executive Director Mike Hall says they're trying to get more information on this piece of history.

      "This event touched everyone's lives. Very few of us will have the opportunity to go to New York City and see the memorials and this brings a piece of history to Hannibal and the local population can come out and pay their respects and see it first hand and not have to travel all the way across the country," says Hall.

      Several first responders were honored in the dedication ceremony. Firefighters also rang the bell to remember those lost on September 11, 2001.

      Macomb

      Residents of McDonough County came together in Chandler Park in Macomb Sunday morning to remember the victims of 9/11 but also the people still fighting overseas in their honor.

      At Sunday's ceremony were two Western Illinois University war veterans who served for Operation Iraqi Freedom. For both, the events of 9/11 were what led them to join the Marine Corps years later.

      "I was in eighth grade when 9/11 happened, and I believe I was in math class when I first saw all the footage on TV. Even at that age, it struck me hard and that was definitely the defining reason why I joined," said Derrick Bernabei.

      "It's important for little things like this, for the communities to get together and show their support and that's one of the strongest messages when we welcome them home when they do come home, that people here haven't forgotten," said Matt Medhat.

      Right now, the WIU Veterans Club is about 80 members strong.

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