Milwaukee County leaders gather to remember September 11th, 17 years later

MILWAUKEE -- Flags flew at half-staff across Wisconsin Tuesday in honor of the victims of September 11th. Local leaders also stood united with the Milwaukee County community to remember the day.

“It brought a tear to my eye this morning,” Scott Slaski, a Navy veteran, said.  

Slaski described Tuesday morning's ceremony as a sobering sight as he along with dozens of others remembered those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

Slaski served in the Navy for five years. He said although he chose to serve his country and risk his life many of the victims of 9-11 did not, and that’s why he said coming together, united, to remember them is so important. 

“We need to look at each other, the people to our right, the people to our left and remember we are Americans before we are Democrats, before we’re Republicans, conservatives, liberals," Slaski said. 

During the ceremony white wreaths were laid to represent the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks. 412 of those people were emergency workers including 343 firefighters. And even after 17 years, Wenona Lee Gardner, a Milwaukeean said remembering the horrific events of 9-11 never gets easier. 

“As a Mohican Indian, this is our Turtle Island, and to know such terrorism has happened on our mother earth makes me sad," Wenona said. 

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