MOBILE, Ala. -- The nation will pause today to honor the victims and the heroes of the 911 terror attacks. It has been 17 years since that day.

911 attack World Trade Center

New York City on Sept. 11, 2001

At many Catholic churches across the Gulf Coast, worshippers will take time during Mass today to pay tribute to the those killed in the attacks and those who sacrificed their lives to save others.

There will be a Blue Mass to honor 911 first responders at 12:10 p.m. the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Mobile.

In Fairhope, the police department is hosting a 911 remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. at the monument in front of the Fairhope Police Department.

Another 911 memorial event is happening today in Mobile. It will be held on the campus of the University of South Alabama at 10 a.m. at USA's Mouton Tower.

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