POSTED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 4:25pm
East Baton Rouge Parish, La (NBC33) — Just days away from the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ceremonies are being held all over to commemorate the event.
Dozens gathered at the Baker Fire Department today, to remember their fellow firefighters killed during the worst terror attack in the country's history. The message given was one from the heart.
"I want people to know that it's not about tapping a firefighter every day and saying good job,” said Howard Ward with the Baker Fire Department. “It's about not forgetting what happened on that day touched everybody. It was an American thing."
Those who attended were given plaques to take home, bearing the pictures of those New york City firefighters who died during the attacks.
Also commemorating the attack, the Atlas Foundation opened a dialogue in Baton Rouge on how values have changed since 9/11.
The president of Atlas, Bilal Haciogullari, is a Turkish Muslim who says since the attack, his group has dedicated themselves to bringing together different faith groups. He says overwhelmingly, the majority of Muslims are peaceful.
“Many people don't know Islam and who are the Muslims,” stated Haciogullari. “(It’s a) big question because Islam is a misunderstood religion. It is new in this country."
Today's dialogue also focused on misconceptions about the Muslim faith brought about after the attacks.