It's been five years since the nation was stunned by the 9-11 terrorist attacks, which brought down the World Trade Center towers and damaged the Pentagon.
As the victims and survivors are remembered across the country state officials have unveiled a new communication system to protect first responders.
For those who witnessed the horror of 9-11, whether by television or personal connection, a lot was learned that day.
Immediately, the safety of our nation was questioned by leaders and now five years later, one answer comes in an instant.
A new program called KYWINS Messenger will soon allow all emergency responding agencies to communicate with each other through instant messaging.
More than 300 first responders died in the terrorist attacks that day, partly because voice communications were cut off.
The goal is to install the system in all public safety agencies by the end of the year in effect, making us safer at home five years later and beyond.
The project was paid for by nearly $70,000 in homeland security grants provided to the center for rural development and the commonwealth office of technology.