MIDLAND/ODESSA - Eight years ago, the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. brought the country to its knees.
On Friday, folks across the Permian Basin are standing together to honor heroes and lives lost on that day.
Midland College held a candle lighting ceremony to help the memory live on.
Around 50 people came to pay their respects at Beal Plaza to honor America's Military and Emergency Personnel.
Down the road at U.T. Permian Basin, area high schools students formed a color guard and presented American flags to the crowd.
The University Choir and the falcon flock pep band performed some American favorites like "God Bless America" and "The Star Spangled Banner."
About 100 people attended to honor those who perished on September 11th, 2001.