Meridian, Miss. All throughout Wednesday, people here and around the nation reflected on the day that changed America 12 years ago.
Flags could be seen flying at half staff around the Magnolia State after Governor Phil Bryant ordered all flags to be lowered in honor of the 9-11 victims. The flags also helped symbolize what was on the minds of everyone exactly 12 years after thousands of innocent lives were taken.
"All them people died up in there for no reason," Philadelphia resident Catherine Thomas says. "That's what it was, all them people died for no reason. Just because everybody angry with each other. I guess that's how the world is now, everybody turning against each other."
"And our world is a different world that it used to be," Rev. Gary Houston says. "So, we just learn to appreciate every moment. It's made me appreciate everybody around me more. Appreciate the time I have and to make the most of my time."
Cars traveling near the intersection of Highway 11 and 80 and Highway 39 may have noticed a man saluting drivers. His name is Mac McQuown, a man who refers to himself as the walking marine. He's currently walking across the country, raising awareness for veterans. He tells Newscenter 11 that 9-11 touched him in more ways than one.
"The way it touched my life was I noticed when our veterans came home from combat, they seemed to be forgotten about," McQuown says. "And that didn't sit very well with me. I served in the Marine Corps back in 1988 and I wanted to do something to bring awareness back to our veterans."
McQuown will travel from Meridian to Jackson. From there, he will head to Baton Rouge.