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Memphis Fire Department remembers fallen firefighters

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Memphis firefighter Fredrick Edwards salutes the memorial wall at the Fire Museum of Memphis as he and fellow firefighters leave a rose for each of the 53 Memphis, Tenn. firefighters killed in the line of duty during the annual September 11th Fire Services Memorial program.

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Memphis firefighter David Schlauch helps refold a giant American flag after the annual Fire Services Memorial in Memphis.

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Memphis firefighter Kenneth Brown rolls up flags before the start of a short parade with Memphis first responders during the annual Fire Services Memorial at the Fire Museum of Memphis on Tuesday.

The Memphis Fire Department has been honoring their fallen comrades during an annual memorial service for a long time, but after the events of Sept. 11, 2001 they now hold their remembrances on that historic date.

"We’ve always had a memorial for those fallen firefighters, who throughout the history of the department gave their lives in service to the city of Memphis," Lt. Wayne Cooke of the Memphis Fire Department told the Memphis Daily Mail. "After 9/11, we wanted to make sure we honored those who gave their lives in the line of duty on that day.

In other parts of the country, thousands gathered in New York, suburban Washington and rural Pennsylvania to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Ceremonies at World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa. mark 11 years since the attacks.

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