Swampscott firefighters and police were joined by selectmen and other town officials and residents for a September 11 remembrance ceremony Wednesday.
Fire Chief Kevin Breen estimated there were about 50 people by the station's flagpole.
The ceremony, from 9:55 a.m. to about 10:15 a.m., included the placing of flowers at the firefighters' memorial stone, as well as remarks by the fire chief and prayer by Rev. Mark Templeman of Swampscott's Holy Name Church.
Selectman Glenn Kessler said later Wednesday at the selectmen's meeting that the day and remembrance is so important that he plans to lead an effort to attract more residents to next year's remembrance ceremony on September 11.
The chairman of the Board of Selectmen echoed the thoughts expressed by Selectman Kessler.
Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks 12 years ago. It was the deadliest incident for firefighters in United States history.
On September 11, 2001, Robert Jalbert, 61, of Swampscott was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 in New York.
Robert, a salesman, was flying to California on that day.
Correction: The original version of this story said that the Selectmen chairman was at the ceremony. That was incorrect. Selectmen Kessler and John Callahan were at the ceremony.