O'FALLON, Mo. - Ahead of the 15th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, the City of O'Fallon hosted its annual Patriot Day ceremony on Friday. The event honored the victims, their families, and the first responders who put their lives on the line that day.
Police officers, military members, boy scouts, and others in the community gathered at the police department for a moment of silence and remarks.
Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler says it was a solemn but important event.
"It's an amazing story," Joachimstaler said. "We should honor all the people that were lost that day but we also right now should lend a helping hand to those families."
The Police, Fire and Ambulance District Honor Guard placed a wreath next to a piece of steel recovered from the twin towers. The city also gave each attendee a carnation to set beside the memorial.