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Portsmouth Residents Gather for 9/11 Memorial Service at Police Station

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On Sunday, police and fire officials in Portsmouth marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

About 75 people gathered outside the Portsmouth Police Department in front the piece of World Trade Center steel that serves as a 9/11 memorial.

The memorial service began at 8:46 AM, the exact moment when, 15 years ago, the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Portsmouth Police Chief David Mara told the audience to remember the way the country came together after the tragedy in 2001.

“We’ve forgotten some of the lessons about how we should be sticking together," said Mara. "Our country is divided, it’s partisan. And I think on this date, that’s what Americans should be thinking about. Americans should be thinking about what it means to be an American. We should be thinking about what brings us together.”

The event concluded with a prayer and the playing of taps.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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