All across the county, Americans will take time to recall the events and lives ever altered by September 11, 2001.
Aaron Crites is an Assistant Professor of history at West Virginia University at Parkersburg- he was living in Washington DC at the time of the attacks.
He uses his personal experience to help his student better understand the day that changed history.
"My dad was a Vietnam Vet and he was very open about his experiences," says Assistant Professor Aaron Crites, "I try to keep with that pattern and I continue to keep everything open and I let them ask me questions and I don't shy away from any question."
Sergeant First Class Clay Edwards,of the Army National Guard,says the anniversary is not only a time to remember but also a time to teach younger generations.
"I think today is a good way of keeping it in the back of people's minds," explains SFC Clay Edwards. "There are people out there that want to hurt us because we are Americans. Just because of who we are, and our values, and what we stand for. So its very important to have days of remembrance."
Crites feels it's a day of both remembrance and gratitude.
"Well, where I was located was definitely in a dangerous area, people don't realize that they would have shot that plane down before it got to the White House or the capital. And that meant it would have crashed into a civilian area," says Crites. "So the way I look at it, the gentleman that crashed the plane in Pennsylvania very possible saved my life and many other peoples lives. So, I owe them a big debt of gratitude for that."