The City of Houston's remembrance of September 11th started with a moment of silence. It was a somber moment for the people in attendance. Mayor Bill White then gave his address, saying this anniversary serves as a reminder that crime does not know international boundaries.
"From time to time, we may be bloodied but we are not bowed. We will not be intimidated. We will not let those individuals who attempt to dictate our government by fear distract us from our common purpose, those purposes we share with other people throughout the world: freedom, opportunity, individual security, respect for the rights of minorities and those dissenting views."
The mayor was one of many local officials who gathered to speak out against terrorism. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee remembered the emotions of that day five years ago, when people across the nation struggled to comprehend what was happening.
"Fear, terror gripped the nation. Then loss, then despair, but then a sense of revitalization and commitment and resolve."
The crowd gathered downtown was a small one. Jimmy Wead watched the proceedings, wearing a shirt made of stars and stripes.
"It was a terrible bruise on America that may take a long time to heal. But I think that it brought people together and gave them a better feel of strength in one another."
Almost 3,000 people died in the September 11th, terrorist attacks. Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Radio News.