Residents pay respects at 9/11 Traveling Memorial in Ocala

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- We have been remembering the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks all week.

And there is a unique way to mark the tragedy in North Central Florida the next few days.

Residents are paying their respects in Marion county.

There was no music, no singing, no talking at the memorial park Friday.

There was only silent reflection, remembering the lives lost during the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Thousands of names etched into stone, a flag for each life lost.

"It was a day we can't forget,” said resident Otoniel Cruz.

Ocala residents and visitors alike carefully read the names of the firefighters, EMTs, police officers and all of those who risked their lives on that day 18 years ago.

"That day surprised the world,” Cruz added.

Cruz spent the day with his wife at the memorial, thinking about how that day changed the united states.

"We scared about what is going to happen because the attack continues from that day. That day the world changed,” he said.

The 9/11 Memorial Traveling Wall is on display at the Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala and will be up throughout the weekend.

There will be a closing ceremony for the memorial at 4 Sunday night.