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East Tenn remembers victims on 9/11 anniversary
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East Tenn remembers victims on 9/11 anniversary

It will be a somber day Tuesday as we mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

From Ground Zero, to the Pentagon, to a tranquil field in Pennsylvania, thousands will gather to remember those they lost. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.

President Obama has proclaimed Tuesday "Patriot Day" and the "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

Thousands of Tennesseans have fought for our country since the 9/11 attacks.

According to the Tennessee National Guard's public affairs office, the Tennessee National Guard has recorded 27,000 deployments since 9/11.

The guard says of those deployed, 2,000 Army National Guard soldiers have deployed two or more times. 500 Army National Guard soldiers have deployed three or more times, and at least one soldier has had five deployments.

Currently, there are about 500 Tennessee Air and Army National Guard soldiers deployed overseas, and about 1,100 have received orders or are expecting to deploy soon.

Tennessee is fourth in the nation in deployed soldiers since 9/11.

The state of Tennessee will mark the anniversary by flying flags at half-staff.

Monday on Twitter, Governor Bill Haslam tweeted that all flags at the state capitol and all state buildings will be flown at half-staff Tuesday in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11.

The city of Knoxville and Knox County will also mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks.

Community members are invited to gather at the 9/11 memorial in Downtown Knoxville Tuesday morning as local churches ring their bells, once at 8:45 a.m. and again at 9:05.

A wreath will be on display at the memorial all day, and a large American flag will fly outside of Knoxville Fire Station No. 1.

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