Coeur d'Alene piano bar honors 9/11 victims

While remembrance ceremonies took place across the country, one also took place in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

"I didn't realize it was real," organizer Dan Schnatter said.

Before Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Schnatter was huddled around at TV the morning of September 11, 2001.

“I had friends that worked there, I had my uncle who worked in the Trade Center, I had been in the Trade Center many times,” Schnatter said.

Born and raised in Long Island, 9/11 hits to the core of Schnatter, whose father was an NYPD detective.

Schnatter was living in Montana at the time of the attack, but he always has a New York state of mind.

“Everybody's going to remember where you were when that happened and it changed our lives, it changed everyone's lives,” he said.

A talented musician, Schnatter owns the NYC Piano Bar in Coeur d’Alene.

Thousands of miles from home, it’s the music that pulls him back in.

On Tuesday night, Schnatter, along with law enforcement and firefighters honored those that gave the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11.

“These people are out there helping you every day,” Schnatter said, “whether they are in New York, Seattle, Coeur d'Alene, Spokane. Firefighters, they need to be honored, they really do. They're what keeps our society civil."

The ceremony took place outside the NYC Piano Bar on Sherman Avenue at 6 p.m.

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