Salem Observes 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

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​This Saturday, September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the coordinated terror attacks on the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and the thwarted attempt on the U.S. Capitol Building that claimed the lives of passengers and crew aboard United Airlines Flight 93.

The combined attacks claimed nearly 3,000 lives.

Every year, the nation remembers the people who lost their lives in what remain the worst terror attacks in U.S. history, acknowledging the grief and devastation of this national tragedy, which was met with heroism, compassion, and the union of the American people.

As a nation, we honor the valor and fearlessness of the hundreds of firefighters, police officers, and fires responders, as well as the ordinary people whose instinct was to run toward danger to help those in need.

Traditional observances on this day of remembrance include a day of service and marking any or all of the events of September 11, 2001, with moments of silence.  Every year, the moments below are observed as part of the official 9/11 anniversary commemoration ceremony held at the World Trade Center for victims' families.

8:46 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower.

9:03 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower.

9:37 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C.

9:59 a.m.: The South Tower collapsed.

10:03 a.m.: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launched a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crashed the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

10:28 a.m.: The North Tower collapsed, leaving the 16-acre World Trade Center site in ruins and collateral damage affecting all adjacent properties and streets. The rescue effort commenced immediately.

On Monday, September 13, Mayor Chuck Bennett will read a September 11 proclamation at Salem's first City Council meeting in September.

Learn more about September 11 observances

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