According to the 9/11 Commission Report, that price was more than 2,600 people who died at the World Trade Center, 125 at the Pentagon, and 256 on the four planes " surpassing the death toll at Pearl Harbor 50 years earlier.
Regina Parker, who is on the Halfmoon town board, has a son in the military. Parker said the ceremony reminded her of a call he made to her on 9/11. Her son had been working at a local armory, and ended up not returning home for almost three weeks after the attack.
"He said 'I'm sending someone to the house to get everything, all my equipment. I love you. I'm not sure you'll see me again for a long time,'" Parker said. "It reminds me of him calling me and telling me that he loved me and for me to always remember that."
Her son, who has served three tours of duty in Iraq, attended the event but didn't wish to be identified or recognized.
Art Hunsinger is a volunteer firefighter with the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Fire Department. He was chief from 2002 to 2007, and spoke at the event.
"To us, 9/11 of 2001 will never be forgotten. It will always be a part of what we remember," Hunsinger said. "It's a day where we lost 343 of our brothers and sisters to a tragic incident."
A few minutes before he spoke, the radios of two members of the West Crescent Fire Department rang out and the pair of firefighters ran to a nearby fire truck to go on the call, their siren blaring as Hunsinger reflected on Sept. 11.
"We're embodied by a brotherhood and a sisterhood, just as we are by the engine that we see now," Hunsinger said. "We in the emergency services are the crazy ones. We're the ones running inside when everyone else is running out.""