On 9/11 anniversary, flowers, candles at Seattle Center



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Posted on September 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 11 at 10:15 PM

SEATTLE - In the darkest part of night, with only the gulls as company, Ryan Blackwell arrived at the Seattle Center's International Fountain.

“Being the first person out here this morning … someone has to start,” he said.

He would be the first of many to arrive with flowers, candles and memories of lives, of loves and of friends lost.

Ryan is left with the guilt of a survivor, doubting encouraging his friend Jason to follow his dream to Broadway.

“I wish I had never encouraged him to go,” he said. “He wouldn't have been there if it wasn't for me I guess.”

At 5:46 a.m., the moment of impact at the north tower, the moment we were forever changed, was the haunting ring of the Kobe bell.

“I was in New York on 9/11 so it is very fresh still,” said Seattle Fire Batallion Chief Tom Richardson, who had the honor of ringing the bell.

“I think, you know I am just hoping for peace for the victims for their families and for everyone,” he said.

Many people will remember the victims of 9/11 by returning to a spot in West Seattle along Alki Beach.

The Alki Statue of Liberty was a place hundreds of people were drawn to that September morning to remember those caught in the tragedy.

A candlelight vigil at the Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza starts at 7 p.m.