ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Early Sunday morning, citizens in the City of Progress got to remember the tragic events that occurred on September 11th, 2001, and hear from someone who was on ground zero hours later to help.

Each bell toll that went off Sunday morning signified the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, where terrorists hijacked several planes crashing them into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York, along with the Pentagon, and a rural site in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people.

And the final bell toll is for all of the people who have been impacted by those tragic events 21 years ago.

“We came together as a society regardless of where we came from, what our religious preference was, or our political preference was, and we came together,” Commander of VFW John Wiley Brock Post 6683, Robert Schmidbauer said.

Schmidbauer was stationed at a VA hospital in Albany, New York when the events of 9/11 unfolded, then the second tower was struck. Schmidbauer and others were notified to report to their guard units to go into action.

Schmidbauer was asked to speak at Sunday morning’s commemoration in Enterprise.

“Honored to share my story and help bring back that day and maybe bring back that memory for so many who were starting to forget,” Schmidbauer said.

21 years ago, active duty soldiers, national guard units, and first responders were called in to help, not knowing if they would make it out alive.

Now those heroes who were on the frontlines, have set the standard that is used today.

“We respect that as much as anyone else does, more so because that’s the standard now that we would like to hold ourselves to,” Enterprise Fire Chief, Christopher Davis said.

“Their courage embodies the American spirit and resistance. The heroism is shown that day continues to inspire new generations of Americans,” Enterprise Mayor, William Cooper said.

Fire chief Davis says he wants to say thank you to the City of Enterprise and the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce for holding this event and wants everybody to take a moment to remember the events that transpired 21 years ago.