It has almost been 14 years since the World Trade Center Towers collapsed in New York City and yet, the sights and sounds of that horrific day feel permanently pressed on the American consciousness.

On Friday, September 11, the nation will gather to memorialize the fallen and show their gratitude to the guardians that ran towards the flames and smoke on that fateful day, and Missoula is no different.

Susan Campbell Reneau with the United Veteran’s Council says the Missoula “Never Forget” service will take place at 7:00 P.M. at Rose Memorial Park. At 6:00 p.m people will gather to plant flags for each of the victims.

'We are going to plant 2,986 American flags and then we have a whole bunch of honor and color guards that will walk in procession and honor the men, women and children that died at the hands of Islamic terrorists," Reneau said.

The firefighters and EMT’s who died in the 9/11 attack will be a focus of this year’s service. The names of those who died on 9/11 will be read by retired Missoula Rural Firefighter Tom Ziegler. The 2,986 343 firefighters and EMTS died almost instantly when the towers collapsed.