Sept. 11 anniversary observed (with photos)

By Casey Killian
By Haley Burton

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 1:45 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Binghamton held its annual observance of Sept. 11 Tuesday morning at the 9/11 memorial on State Street.

It started at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, along with members of the Broome County Legislature, Binghamton Police and Fire departments and other emergency personnel attended.

"I don't think anybody will ever forget where they were when they found out what was going on and really we've never been the same," Ryan said. "It kind of broke some innocence that we had about what our vulnerability was and it's changed many, many people's lives."

Flags were lowered to half staff and a wreath was presented in memory of those who lost their lives.

Many first responders made the trip to New York City to help after the tragedy.

"The devastation that I saw, I'll never see again probably in my lifetime and it's important to just have people remember. The kids growing up nowadays do not know the freedoms we enjoyed before that day, and how things have changed," said Jerry Marinich, chairman of the Broome County Legislature.

The ceremony ended with a 21-gun salute and the playing of "Taps."