RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – As people across the country remembered 9/11, those here at home held events across the region to honor those affected by that tragic day. People have honored the day on a variety of days. First responders gathered at a mission barbecue in Richmond where the Henrico Fire Quartet Choir sang the national anthem.

Through pain and grief, the day has a different meaning for everyone and for some, the sacrifice made by first responders on 9/11 inspired a career in the fire service.

“I remember exactly where I was on 9/11, exactly when it happened and that was one of the catalysts that made me go to Henrico Fire,” said Michele Greep, planning lieutenant for Henrico Fire.

Local fire and police honored the day by sharing what they do with community members. They let people tour their fire engines and gave them an overview of the SWAT gear used on the job.

“Being able to serve every day and give back to the community is exactly where I need to be for the community,” Greep explained.

At Triple Crossing Brewery-Fulton, people tried to bring some hope to the day through volunteerism. They made emergency preparedness kits at an event hosted by United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg in honor of National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

“These kits will go to the YWCA of Richmond to benefit families in transitional housing or families who have experienced sexual or domestic abuse, as well as families who have students enrolled in their SPROUT schools,” said Tiffani Beissel who is the volunteer coordinator for the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.

Events have attempted to shed light on the tragedy of that day 21 years ago.

“I think it’s important for our community to know there’s still hope, I think we’ve been through a lot of tough times recently,” Beissel said.