MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — It’s hard to believe it has been 12 years since terror attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania killed thousands of people.

Ceremonies are being held across the nation to remember that fateful day.

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Marylanders all the way from Cumberland down to the Eastern Shore paused to remember all of those lives lost.

At the Anne Arundel police and fire headquarters, there was a moment of silence for those killed 12 years ago.

“Today is a day that brings a great deal of sadness because of what’s happened in our country’s history. It’s also a day to recognize the people who serve our country,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman.

Sept. 11 changed all our lives. Beams that once held up the World Trade Center are a solemn reminder.

Paul Wein, who lives in Parkville, was a director in the New York Office of Emergency Management when the planes hit the World Trade Center. He says the 9/11 anniversary is a day for everyone to take pause.

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“To remember, to reflect,” Wein said. “Most people think 12 years ago. To me, it’s yesterday.”

His best friend, Douglas Farnum, was killed in the attack.

“His cubicle was 10 feet from the window where the first plane hit. He had no chance,” said Wein.

Farnum was a week away from celebrating his first wedding anniversary.

“He already bought the gifts, he bought the decorations and everything. And it’s gone. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him. Every single day,” Wein said.

Now, more than a decade after the attacks, lives lost are remembered.

“A tragic day in the history of our country. Most importantly, I think events like today let everyone know that these folks aren’t forgotten,” a firefighter said.

One of the largest pieces of the Twin Towers sits in front of the World Trade Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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Sixty-eight Marylanders were killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.