BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts is joining with the nation in remembering the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

In Boston, observances began today with a wreath-laying ceremony at the 9/11 memorial at the Public Garden. At the Statehouse, the names of the more than 200 people with direct ties to Massachusetts who died in the attacks 12 years ago were read.

Later, the annual Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery will be presented to Carlos Arredondo, who rushed in after the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing to rescue Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the blast.

Sweeney was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the first of two jetliners that were hijacked from Logan International Airport and flown into World Trade Center’s twin towers.