Never Forget: DFW Pays Tribute to 9/11 Victims

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NEW YORK -- It's been 14 years since the September 11th attacks. It's a sad day that will never be forgotten and will forever mark the moment everything changed.

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DFW Remembers 9/11

The commemoration started early Friday at the 9/11 Memorial Foundation of Texas in Grapevine at 7:46 a.m. -- the exact moment the first plane hit the first tower at the World Trade Center in New York City.

"We look at their sacrifices and how many people got out of the towers and how many people they encouraged to keep moving, keep going down those stairwells," said Deputy Chief Stuart Grant of the Grapevine Fire Department.

The memorial was very personal for Elizabeth Flagg, "My grandfather was a captain for America. He retired in '98. He and my grandmother passed away on Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon."

At Love Field, a steel sculpture was put on display shaped into a cross. The steel came from the rubble at Ground Zero.

Danyelle Smith's birthday is on 9/11.

Danyelle Smith's birthday is on 9/11.

But 9/11 can be complicated for folks like Danyelle Smith who shares a birthday with this awful event. She knew the day it happened that her life and her birthday would never be the same.

"I was completely devastated, there was no way any celebration could take place," Smith said.

After 14 years, she says she's now found a balance of paying respect to the people who perished while still acknowledging her special day.

"It's not as difficult anymore," Smith explained. "It's gotten a lot better. I've learned to separate the event from my birthday."

So, on this 9/11, all over the country, people stopped for a moment of silence to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died  on a single day 14 years ago.

From New York to Washington, D.C. to Texas, there was prayer and sorrow and one united country.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by White House staff, participate in a moment of silence on the 14th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by White House staff, participate in a moment of silence on the 14th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.