It was one of the darkest days in our country's history. Many Americans took time Friday to remember the lives lost in the September 11th attacks eight years ago.
At ground zero in New York, volunteers joined relatives of the victims to read the names of those who died there.
President Obama visited the Pentagon and urged Americans to spend this day volunteering.
In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, bells tolled for the victims of the jet crash there.
The victims of 9/11 were also remembered across Kentucky Friday In Lexington where 2,974 American flags, one for each of the victims, every single name was read aloud following a morning ceremony. UK Army ROTC used the opportunity to officially accept its new cadets.
The program's director, Lt. Colonel Jason Cummins, tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "It's a symbolic date. We did it in conjunction with the initial impact on the twin towers so it was 8:46am precisely when we swore them in."
Lt. Colonel Cummins, who spoke at the ceremony, says he hopes it serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by first responders
and certainly by the families of all the innocent victims that day. "Not only did we want to commemorate the 9/11 event and those who died in it, we also wanted to take a look at the positives of how the community, the campus and the nation have come together." He says, "As students were walking past today, many of them would just stop and listen to what was going on, and it didn't take them long to understand."
The first National Day of Service and Remembrance on this 9/11 also inspired employees of the Lexington Public Library to help add the finishing touches to a Habitat for Humanity home on Martin Luther King Blvd. Library spokesman Doug Tattershall says, "Obviously there's been a push for volunteerism on this day for a while now. I think one of the great feelings to come out of 9/11 was the sense that we really could help each other."