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A memorial ceremony for those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be held at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, 701 Vine St., Kelso. 

Cowlitz 2 has held this ceremony every year since the attacks, according to a press release. The Honor Guard will raise the American flag and then lower it to half-staff as Fire Chief Dave LaFave speaks on the sacrifices made by first responders. 

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The ceremony is held at 6:45 a.m. because the South tower of the World Trade Center in New York collapsed at 9:59 Eastern Standard Time, and the ceremony "memorializes the loss at the actual time."

"This ceremony is held early in the morning for a reason; the inconvenience to stand out here one morning a year to remember their sacrifice, at the time they perished, is the least we can do," LaFave said in a prepared statement. 

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