Some sat in folding chairs and others stood respectfully watching the Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony Tuesday morning at VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill.
Hundreds of people paid their respects as various firefighters, law enforcement personnel and retired New York police officers and firefighters took their places during different parts of the ceremony.
Lt. Nick Scunziano, a retired New York firefighter, gave the timeline of events on that day 11 years ago when about 3,000 people died and more than 6,000 were injured after the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Members of VFW Post 10209 Ladies Auxiliary and retired New York firefighters and police officers placed four separate wreaths by the outdoor memorial, and the VFW honor guard and U.S. Marine detail took position.
The VFW honor guard then performed a rifle salute and, after taps was played, the ceremony concluded.
The VFW post, located off Anderson Snow Road, has a memorial by the entrance of the facility dedicated to all the victims of terrorism.
"Never forget," reads the memorial, built by New York City Retired Firefighters Chapter 343.
When the parking lot was filled, motorists had to jockey for space along one of the side roads.
The skies darkened during the ceremony and there was a rumbling of thunder but there was no rain.
Several onlookers wore special T-shirts commemorating the occasion.