POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 9:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 9:51pm
EL PASO — People in the borderland remembered the thousands who died on September 11, 2001.
Taps played at dusk at the Bridge of Americas, the presentation of the colors and a moment of silence all in honor of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks.
People bowed their heads at 6:46 a.m. Tuesday, the exact moment the first plane hit the world trade center 11 years ago.
"Every year on an annual basis we take a moment to remember the events of 9/11," said Hector Mancha.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection was created after 9/11 to protect our ports of entry, especially in the borderland.
"Because the events of 9/11, the creation of CBP resulted of that as a result, we also have much more security at our borders, we have a secure border and a safer country," said Mancha.
The City of El Paso Fire Department and police department held a ceremony at Firefighters Memorial Park in downtown El Paso Tuesday morning.
"The significance is that 11 years have passed since the ultimate sacrifice was given by many servicemen, police officers, firefighters and the real message is we should never forget the sacrifice that was made to protect our way of life, our liberties that many times, we take for granted," said Fire Chief Otto Drozd.
Drozd said first responders in El Paso are ready for an emergency, just as the first responders on September 11, 2001.
"It really showed the essence of what our service is. If something were to happen in our community, our firefighters just like the the New York firefighters responded and tried to save and saved many lives that day," said Drozd.