UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 9:50pm
Killeen, TX — People across Central Texas Wednesday honored and remembered those who lost their life to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Killeen ISD hosted its 8th annual Freedom Walk which joins students, first responders and local soldiers from Fort Hood in a ceremonial march to and around the local track.
Everybody gathered at Killeen High School in the morning.
Words from local area leaders were spoken before the crowd moved outside.
The high school's drum line then led everybody around the quarter-mile track.
Cities across the country celebrated in their own way, but for Killeen, whose neighbor is Fort Hood, 9/11 means a little more to the military community.
Organizers also say the Freedom Walk is a great way to inform younger students of that tragic day.
“When you think about it, this happened 12 years ago, and a large part of our population wasn’t born when it took place. So for them, today is like a history lesson. It’s important that we never forget," said Joseph Welch of Killeen ISD.
Also on hand were families of fallen soldiers.
The Freedom Walk isn’t just a Killeen thing either.
Dozens of cities and towns across the county remembered 9/11 in the same way.