By: Rachel Lindsay
September 11 memorials were not held only at Ground Zero in New York City this weekend. Americans across the nation put aside political differences this weekend to reflect on the events of that fateful day 10 years ago. People in the Midlands found their own ways to honor those who died.
From the First Responders Memorial Service, to the South Carolina's Philharmonic 9-11 Remembrance Concert, Columbia honored Americans who "Answer the Call."
Hundreds gathered at the Columbia Metropolitan Center to see the unveiling of a new monument in the Vista that features two scraps taken from the World Trade Center debris.
U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Mulvany was there to pay tribute to the 47 first responders whose names are engraved on a new monument.
"I am very proud to do what I do. I've loved it since the day I joined," said Mulvany.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was also there to show her support.
"Everyone here wanted to continue to remember the courageous actions of those people on that day. They want to continue to remember the first responders who have lost their lives since and who continue to serve for us everyday," said Haley.
Other South Carolinians met at Finlay Park to honor Americans who answer the call to their country, community, and God. The South Carolina Philharmonic, lead by Morihiko Nakahara, entertained the crowd with patriotic songs like "The Star-Spangled Banner" and other American classics from the West Side Story.
Amanda Baytes of Columbia said she came out to hear American music and celebrate American pride. Ten years later, she hopes this event speaks loudly.
"They sound great! Music can touch all of us and it's a powerful way to express the emotions from that day," said Baytes.
Service members stood to be recognized as the South Carolina Philharmonic played a salute to the armed forces.
"Although it was a very sad loss for us, our country has continued be unified. Everyone was affected one way or another, either by knowing someone personally or knowing someone else who was affected," said Baytes.
She hopes Americans will reflect on 9/11 many times throughout the year, not just one day.