Coast Guard helicopters fly over the crowed at the 9/11 memorial in downtown Sitka (KCAW/Tash Kimmell)

This Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In Sitka, first responders gathered together in a public ceremony to commemorate the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives that day. KCAW’s Tash Kimmell brings us this postcard featuring the voice of Coast Guard Commander Brian McLaughlin. Listen below:

A crowed assembled at Totem Square on the 20th anniversary of of 9/11 attacks (KCAW/Tash Kimmell)

Members of the Coast Guard from Air Station Sitka listen to Capt. Brian J McLaughlin give a speech commemorating the 2,996 lives lost in the 9/11 attacks (KCAW/Tash Kimmell)
The Sitka Fire Department departing Totem Square following the 9/11 memorial (KCAW/Tash Kimmell)