People in Pike County commemorated 9/11 with a solemn ceremony held in Milford this morning.

It’s been 18 years since the deadliest terror attack ever to take place on American soil.

Today people came together with the vow to never forget.

“Seeing those fires burning for 100 days prompted me to retire early. “

John Kapulis will never forget where he was on September 11th 2001.

“I was working with my wife in the city and I remember watching the second tower collapse.”

He calls the scene terrifying

“They had us all evacuate from our building because we didn’t know if we could be a target or what was happening. “

 “Seeing those fires burning for 100 days prompted me to retire early. “

Others we spoke with lost close friends in the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s hard, it’s very hard. “

Larry Ramella got a tattoo to pay tribute to those friends. He wears it as a badge of honor.

“To remember them along with all the other people that were lost. “

But there were many more with stories to share at today’s ceremony held at Veterans Park in Milford.

“I was on morgue duty, that’s what it was, moving the body parts in those bags. “

That smell of death still haunts Joe Reteguiz.

“It’s something that burns into your memory banks you just can’t get it out of your mind.”

But while he’s still grappling with the aftermath of 9/11

“We are standing on the greatest country on the planet so you never ever expect that. “

Reteguiz points out its important to never forget how the nation came together to turn tragedy into triumph.

“We were one, no matter where you were from what country, what creed. We all came together to support one another. “

The anniversary ceremony held in Milford centered on remembering the nearly 3,000 people killed 18 years ago today.