MOORHEAD — Dozens gathered Wednesday at W.H. Davy-Memorial Park to honor emergency personnel who lost their live in the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

The commemorative ceremony started with the national anthem and prayer. Officers with the Moorhead Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff's office also spoke on first responders' efforts that day.

It ended with a 21-gun salute to the 2,977 casualties from the attack.

Law enforcement spoke about the remembrance of 9/11 itself but also the day following, which united a nation.

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"I wish people would remember how we came together as a country immediately thereafter and for quite a period after. We weren't democrat or republican, liberal or conservative, we were Americans," said Jason Hicks, United Patriotic Bodies commander.

Hicks said watching the events play out that day on television was "very surreal".

There were 2,977 people who lost their lives in the attacks that day and 6,000 more injured.

Jason Hicks, United Patriotic Bodies commander, talks about the story of Richard Rescorla, who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001, while helping Morgan Stanley employees escape the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Emergency workers killed in the 9/11 terror attacks were honored during a ceremony at W.H. Davey Memorial Park in Moorhead on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. David Samson / The Forum
Jason Hicks, United Patriotic Bodies commander, talks about the story of Richard Rescorla, who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001, while helping Morgan Stanley employees escape the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Emergency workers killed in the 9/11 terror attacks were honored during a ceremony at W.H. Davey Memorial Park in Moorhead on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. David Samson / The Forum