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Jared Kelley, a Columbia Township firefighter, donates fire boots and shoes Tuesday morning outside of the IPFW Student Services Building. Oasis Radio Group HOT 107.9, U.S. 93.3 and Clickhop.com received donations of shoes with a goal of 2,996 pairs to represent the total number of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001. The shoes will be displayed in two rows to represent the fallen towers to give viewers perspective of the lives lost. All donations will go to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.

9/11: A nation remembers

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Childhood friends from Italy, Lucrezia Susca, 78, left, and Chiara Pesce, 75, center, hold photos of their grandchildren Grace Gollante-Susca and Danny Pesce, who were also friends and died together while working at Cantor Fitzgerald, as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
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Marcio Rodriguez holds a United States flag as he pays his respects in New York.
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Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary on Tuesday.
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Wayne Johnson walks past the silhouetted half-staff flags at the Fort Wayne Law Enforcement-Firefighter Memorial on Tuesday morning and drops off a donation of dental hygiene supplies for the troops.

NEW YORK – Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony.

As in past years, thousands were gathering at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history.

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Flags at government buildings are flying at half-staff today, and the nation observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.

Residents are invited to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial of Allen County at 1001 N. Wells St.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and Allen County Public Safety encourage residents to place an American flag in the grassy area behind the memorial to remember those who were killed in the attacks.

There will be no formal ceremony. Flags will be available at the memorial from 5 to 8 p.m. Fort Wayne Fire and Police Pipe and Drum Corps members will be playing at 7 p.m.

The memorial site will also serve as a drop-off location for people wishing to donate items for troops overseas. Lendingahand.net will collect donated items that will be shipped directly to troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Items donated Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial will be sent to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. What is needed:

Toiletries/clothing

Soap

Baby Wipes

Hand sanitizer

Toothbrushes

Shaving cream,

Razors

Feminine hygiene items

Sunscreen

Insect repellent

Chap Stick with sunscreen, Carmex, Blistex

Body wash

Shampoo

Foot powder, socks

Food Items

K-Cups (coffee sampler packs, tea, cider and cocoa)

Ground coffee (not instant)

Tea

Cold drink mixes – Gatorade, Crystal Lite, Kool Aid or the individual flavor straws you add to bottled water

Sunflower seeds and nuts

Individual snacks like chips, crackers, cookies, cheese/cracker kits

Peanut butter and jelly (small-size plastic jars)

Beef jerky/Slim Jims

Miscellaneous items

Batteries

American flags

DVDs (no Blu-Rays)

Magazines

Socks

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