There was a good crowd at the patriot day ceremony in Evansville.
Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters began the ceremony. He spoke about patriotism.
"The term sacrifice..."
The morning continued with a prayer.
"Remember these days September 11th 17 years ago we remember where we were.. The people that we let sleep in that day. The people that we worked with and prayed with.. we look back in horror at the terrorist attacks.."
And then everyone joined in and sang the National Anthem.
They then recited the Pledge of Allegiance as one.
"And to the republic for which it stands..."
Senator John Barrasso was also there.
He spoke about how it is a day of remembrance but also a day of resolve.
He talked about the First Responders in 9/11, but also the local First Responders who risk their lives every day.
He also thanked the men and the men and women who serve our country.
"We owe a great deal for those who are rushing in to help.. While we are rushing out to safety.."
The theme was the same for others.
Dean Welch said, "It's remembrance.. Remembering what happened. You know that we were caught off guard and then all those who gave their lives to protect and defend after.. During and after the attack on us in 9/11."
Overall it was an emotional service. It remembered patriotism, courage, and heroism.