Members of the Gilbert community came out to the town's 9/11 memorial on Tuesday to remember the 17th anniversary of terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

There was a short service that included an honor guard presentation of colors, a performance by the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department's pipe and drum band and remarks from the chiefs of the fire and police departments.

A light memorial could be seen for miles for the three hours it illuminated the night sky.

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The event all centered around the City's 9/11 memorial that features an 8-foot steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Surrounding the beam are four granite walls that feature the names of the lives lost on 9/11.

"I pray for the people that lost their lives and went through that," said Dave Hollis, who visited the memorial on Tuesday night. "I also feel blessed to live in a country where people rush into these situations to help one another."

Helping people was a theme that was on Carol Hollis' mind. She teaches first grade and talked to her students about 9/11 and the impact it had on Americans.

"Telling about it, I get emotional and they can see that and it was an emotional thing that happened," said Carol. "We talk about the good that we want to do now, that's what Americans do is stick together and they do good deeds. There were so many heroes and I talked to them about how they could be heroes like out on the playground, like if someone's hurt you could help them."

People also lit candles at the memorial and left behind flowers.

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