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9/11 Attacks Remembered, Fight Brews to Keep Valley Safe

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LAS VEGAS -- A lot of people paused to remember the events that rocked this country exactly 12 years ago today. Even though all that time has now passed, it is still a struggle to monitor and keep tabs on all the threats we face both locally and abroad.

Firefighters remembered the events that changed this country forever as a procession set its way to Fremont Street with people showing their support.

"We definitely love the support that the community gives our fire fighters, not just here but around the country in general people love firefighters," North Las Vegas Fire Cpt. Cedric Williams said.

The poignant ceremony is also a reminder of how far things have come in the years since the attacks.

Carolyn Levering is the Emergency Manager for Las Vegas and her office's role has changed dramatically. Millions of dollars were handed out by the federal government to ready local agencies for potential attacks and now the city has a state of the art eight thousand square foot emergency management center, but the money for up keep isn't there anymore.

"My particular profession evolved significantly since 2001 as we had a 728 square foot emergency operations center based in the fire admin building," Levering said. "We've been hit in the pocket book with cuts from department of homeland security, how they determine to allocate money, we fell off the list this past year."

Las Vegas would be mentioned years following the attacks as the FBI revealed some of the 9-11 terrorists including the mastermind would visit during the summer of 2001 just before the attacks.

The reason behind the visit remains a mystery and even though it's been 12 years since that terrible day, Las Vegas emergency managers said we are far more prepared than we were 12 years ago.

"I think things can always be better, I think for us, here in the valley we do have a certain heightened awareness," Williams said.

There were about 300 people that took part in the ceremony tonight on Fremont Street as the city emergency manager said the federal funding cut hasn't been fixed.

The complicated formula used to allocate money put Las Vegas on the outside for cities that would get money putting the anti-terrorism office run by Metro Police's Fusion Center in jeopardy.

So far there isn't a solution on how to fund that operation.

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