Strangers from Tyler and Longview joined together as communities, to remember the horror one year ago.
Meetings at the Gregg County Courthouse and Tyler's Downtown Square brought hundreds decked in red, white, and blue.
Longview Minister Rev. Jim Johnson: "Momentarily, just momentarily, brought the most powerful nation in the word to its knees in abject humiliation... It was an unprecedented event in America, [we've] never suffered a hurt like this before... Wall Street was not trading, Americans were not flying. Late night comedians were not laughing... and we as a nation began to grope for a hand that was bigger than our own to hold during this time of trial."
George Faber, Tyler "I know where I was. I know what was going on when it was happening, it didn't seem real it seemed like a movie, a fairy tale."
Mildred Hinton, Hopkins County: "Our home will never be the same, and that's the way it's going to be with the people up there, it will never be the same."
Dr. David Dykes of Green Acres Baptist Church offered encouragement, "Why did God allow this to happen? His greatness is beyond our comprehension. There should have been 50,000 people in the buildings. At the time, there were less than 20,000. Hundreds upon hundreds of people said they were unexpectedly delayed getting to work."