HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Taylor Preza
Thirteen years ago, thousands of innocent lives were lost as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Thursday marks the exact day in which the attack took place. In remembrance of those who were lost in the attacks, there will be ceremonies held on Sept. 11, 2014. The ceremonies will also honor the First Responders who were killed on 9/11 and those who protect us each day.
Thursday morning a ceremony was also held at the White House to honor the 9/11 victims.
President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden were present for a moment of silence.
In New York City, a separate ceremony was held at the same time. At 8:46 a.m. 13 years ago, the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Thursday night at the memorial in New York, there will be a Tribute in Light. Two vertical columns of light will turn on just after sunset and fade away at dawn on Friday in remembrance of those killed in the attacks.
Hawaii will also pay tribute to those who lost their lives.
In downtown Honolulu, an annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony will be held at Tamarind Park at Bishop Square -- near the corner of Bishop and King Streets -- between 12:15 and 1 p.m.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will be present as well as members from the Honolulu Police and Fire Departments and paramedics to pay their respects.
Hickam Elementary, located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, will be hosting a Sept. 11 remembrance commemoration assembly and march. The event starts at 9 a.m. with the march to follow. The march will begin at Manzelman Circle, onto Eighth and Ninth Avenues and back to Hickam Elementary School.
Faculty, students, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Radford High School Band and JROTC color guard, representatives from Mokulele Elementary School, the Federal Fire Department and JBPHH Security Forces will participate in the commemoration.
About 700 participants are expected, including more than 630 students.