Texans pause to remember victims of 9/11

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Steel from the World Trade Center in the form of a cross is on display at Dallas Love Field.

DALLAS (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all flags in Texas to be flown at half-staff Friday to remember victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Events were planned through the weekend across Texas to honor those killed 14 years ago in the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

A steel sculpture in the form of a cross, taken from the rubble of the World Trade Center, went on display Friday at Dallas Love Field.

A recently opened fire station in Beaumont was getting a new flagpole dedicated on what's also known as Patriot Day. The Greater Austin Crime Commission planned a memorial gathering.

A ceremony was planned Friday at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge in Laredo to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks.

A 9/11 heroes run has been scheduled Saturday at Ellington Airport in Houston, with proceeds benefiting organizations that assist first responders and their families.

Citizens should remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to law officers, said Steven McCraw, Texas Department of Public Safety director.

"This anniversary is a stark reminder that terrorists and criminals exist who wish to harm communities, target critical infrastructures and destroy our way of life," McCraw said.