At the state capitol in Jackson, Gov. Ronnie Musgrove issued a proclamation calling on Mississippians to fly American flags at their homes and businesses. He also observed a moment of silence Wednesday morning at 7:46 a.m. local time when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.
Alabama also paid tribute to those who lost their lives during last year's terrorist attacks. About 500 people turned out on the lawn of the state capitol. A wreath-laying ceremony, along with a moment of silence and a cannon salute, memorialized people who died a year ago or in the war Against Terrorism.
Sandra Washington Conway lost her brother-in-law, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Stephen Bryson.
"If he were here today, how proud he would be for having had the opportunity to fight for his country," said Conway. "so I know he's at peace. And I'm at peace with that."
"September the 11th brought to our nation an unspeakable tragedy and suffering," said Gov. Don Siegelman, "yet we have emerged stronger and more united as Americans."
At least 12 people with Alabama ties died on Sept. 11 or in the War Against Terrorism.
Read all about the tragic events of 9-11 and more in WTOK's Exclusive feature, America's Fight Against Terrorism