Exactly 19 years ago today, terrorists drew blood on the United States of America with acts that sent shockwaves around the world. 

They destroyed the World Trade Centers in New York City, and stuck the Pentagon in Washington DC, as well.

By the time it was over, close to 3,000 had died and our entire way of life had changed.

Today, the dust from those attacks has long settled, but the lives of those lost - especially of the first responders are not forgotten.

Local firefighters did an Honor Walk this morning in honor of September 11, 2001. The local firemen are walking 11 miles from the East Larose Fire Station to Station 15 on La. Highway 3235 to remember and mourn the loss of the 343 firefighters, 61 police officers and 8 EMTs who lost their lives on that day.

The journey started at 7:30 a.m. this morning - the men and women in full gear, despite the heat.

They started on Highway 308, then crossed over at the Larose Lift Bridge, continuing down Highway 1 to Tarpon Pass, then the southbound lane of Highway 3235, continuing to their destination.

At 8:02 a.m., they knelt.

This was to honor the memory of the South Tower collapsing in New York City.

At 9:28 a.m., they knelt again - this time to remember the North Tower's Collapse.

Then the journey continues - to remember the brave Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice on that faithful day.

See photos from the walk, taken by Gazette Owner Addy Melancon.

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