(KMOV) -- People in the St. Louis area paid tribute to those who died in the September 11th attacks nine years after the attacks.
Several fire departments from around St. Louis marched down Washington Ave. to the Arch to honor the firefighters who died in the attack.
343 firefighters lost their lives that day, and 343 firefighters joined together to carry the flag. Some walked with pictures of the victims on their helmets. More pictures were on fire trucks following the firefighters.
Cristina Rhodes lived in New York City during the attacks and was on Statton Island when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center buildings.
"It was horror, tremendous panic," Rhodes said. "Not knowing if you ever gonna make it home, not knowing what the next hour will bring."
There were also prayers for peace, like the service at Christ Church Cathedral.
September 11 has become more than just a day to remember, it has become a day of service. united Way put out a call for a national day of service and the response was "overwhelming," according to a spokesperson.
Some of those who served their community met at Kiener Plaza, paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks.