AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One way people mark the anniversary of September 11th is by giving blood.
The "roll up your sleeve and remember" event at the Augusta Civic Center is the state's largest 9/11 blood drive. It brings some of the same donors out on this day every year.
It is a tradition that started not long after the first attacks in New York City back in 2001.
Ellen Russell of the Red Cross remembers it well. She was at the Portland office when spontaneous gathering of people occurred. They came to give blood because they didn't know what else to do.
"There were hundreds of people that had shown up at our offices on Forest Avenue in Portland wanting to do something wanting to help," said Russell. " It was really very emotional for so many people."
9/11 has become one of the largest blood collection days in Maine for the Red Cross. With all of the events across the state, more than 400 pints will be gathered on this day.