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Emotional Stevensville ceremony marks 9/11 anniversary

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STEVENSVILLE - Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, reminding Americans as well as many around the world of the nearly 3,000 lives lost that day.

Many spent the day are reflecting back on 9/11 and remembering the heroic acts that took place in the face of terrorism -- including those who took part in an emotional memorial service in Stevensville.

The Stevensville Fire Department held a memorial service on Monday morning, starting with a silent vehicle procession and ending with a reading of names as a reminder of the many courageous men and women that were lost in the line of duty.

"It's just overwhelming. It takes me back to that horrific day and all the emotions that came over me and my wife. Hearing the names and seeing the faces is just -- overwhelming," Stevensville resident Dennis Radtke said.

"It was pretty hard to get through. You don't think about the sacrifices until something major happens. Just the sacrifices that those officers made that day and the sacrifices their families made by losing them," added Stevensville Police Chief James Marble.

"Keeping the memory alive just so it's not forgotten. It's an integral part of our history, it's really important that our generation passes on to future generations what took place," Marble added.

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