Those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 were remembered across the county and country Wednesday, which marked the 18th anniversary of the disastrous events that killed almost 3,000 and injured more than 6,000. More than 50 officers and nearly 400 firefighters lost their lives. DECA and FBLA students dropped off cards and donuts Wednesday to first responders around the county in remembrance/

The students showered the first responders with hand-written letters and donuts to thank them for doing their jobs. The students, many of which were not even born yet when the towers fell, felt it was important to recognize those who came to the rescue on such a catastrophic day.

"Even before 9/11, they were putting their lives on the line," Dylan Brown, DECA president, said. "So we need to keep showing them that we appreciate their work."

Eastern Kentucky University started the day off with a memorial service in Veterans Memorial Plaza. The day also included a Red Cross blood drive and a Holiday Cards for Heroes event, where students could send well wishes to troops. It concluded with a second ceremony and the annual memorial stair climb.

Employees from Richmond's Cash Express continued their yearly tradition of delivering cards and cakes to local EMS, firefighters and police as a show of thanks for their hard work in keeping the community safe.

On Sept. 11, 2001, a crisp and clear Tuesday morning, thousands of people began their day unknowing of the disaster that would take place, changing history forever. Nineteen terrorists hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.