United States of America: Remembering 9-11.
People across the United States of America on Friday, September 11th, 2015 took a moment to remember the victims of the worst terrorist attack that hit the United States of America 14 years ago.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, crazed terrorist group Al-Qaeda attacked the United States of America using passenger planes to crash into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York which later collapsed, crashing another passenger plane into the Pentagon in Washington, District of Columbia, and hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 in attempt to cause another attack on the United States of America, but were stopped as brave and heroic people aboard United Airlines Flight 93 fought against the crazed terrorist stopping more lives to be lost.
** Pictures from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum: **
Around the United States of America, the date was marked with what has become a tradition of lowered flags, wreath-laying, bell-tolling and, in New York City, New York reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror strikes at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Family members who those who were taken away grief and tear up as they read their loved ones and telling attendees how much they miss them.
Bystanders helped a woman to her feet as the pain of the lost of her loved one hurts so much to bear.
Family members praised first responders, thanked the armed forces, and prayed for unity and security.
Family members also sent personal messages to their lost loved ones.
Speaking of her uncle, Louie Anthony Williams, Air Force Technical Sgt. Sparkle Thompson said, “You are the reason that I wear this uniform and stand here today,”
** Pictures from The White House: **
United States of America President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stepped out of the White House in Washington, District of Columbia for a moment of silence at 8:46am ET, when the first of four hijacked passenger planes hit, striking the World Trade Center’s north tower.
At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and other officials joined in remembrances for victims’ relatives and Pentagon employees.
** Pictures from Flight 93 National Memorial: **
At the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a Service of Remembrance Ceremony was held which included the Name Presentation and the “Bells of Remembrance” to remember 44 people aboard United Airlines Flight 93 who died after their passenger plane went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf spoke at the ceremony and the United States Army Brass Quintet provided music selections before and after the ceremony.
In California, services, memorials, and events were held to remember 9-11.
** Pictures from Rancho Cucamonga Fire District: **
– In Rancho Cucamonga, California, people came to pay tribute and to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks during a ceremony held at Freedom Courtyard in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
During the ceremony, there was a reading of remembrance, “The Last Alarm”, Rancho Cucamonga Fire District Honor Guard and Pipes, and Drums Tribute.
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– In Fontana, California, a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony was held at the Steel Workers’ Auditorium in Fontana, California.
A large United States flag hung over the street by 2 fire department ladder trucks near the ceremony.
** Pictures from National Training Center/Fort Irwin: **
– In Fort Irwin, California, National Training Center and Fort Irwin leadership, Soldiers, and the community paid tribute to the victims of the 9-11 attacks with a remembrance walk and a memorial service.
The remembrance walk began at the Army Field on this military installation and continued to the center chapel.
The National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin walked alongside command teams of installation units.
Participants in the remembrance walk included several dozen students of Fort Irwin Middle School and Silver Valley High School, and the high school’s drum line.
Present at the event was a fire department truck, New York City Fire Ladder Truck 152, that responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, New York and will be part of a September 11 memorial to be built at National Training Center/Fort Irwin.
At the memorial service held at the center chapel, prayers were conducted by Army chaplains and National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin spoke to the audience saying, “Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives, so we can share these moments to pause and reflect on, and remember what happened on this fateful day 14 years ago – thousands of miles away on the east coast in a vacant field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, at the Twin Towers in New York City, at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. – events that change our lives forever and those of generations to come.”
National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin also thanked the students, teachers and staff of both Silver Valley High School and Fort Irwin Middle School for walking in the remembrance walk and saying, “It was an honor to walk with you.”
** Pictures from Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Victor Valley Global Medical Center: **
– In Victorville, California, a 9-11 ceremony was held at Victor Valley Global Medical Center.
First responders were thanked for their service to their community, including the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue team.
** Pictures from the City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Office: **
– In Los Angeles, California, a September 11th Memorial Ceremony was held at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center where people gather to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the many first responders who lost their lives as they worked to save lives on the tragic day.
City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas, and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck were a few people who spoke during the ceremony which took place in front of a section of one of the World Trade Center towers stands as a memorial to everybody who lost their lives on that tragic day.
The United States flag was seen draped down from City Hall in Downtown Los Angles, California letting everybody know to never forget the many of people we lost on 9-11.
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– In Fullerton, California,
Orange County Firefighter Scott Townley welcomed visitors to a memorial on the front lawn of his home, just as he has for the last 14 years, to remember the victims of the 9-11 terror attacks.
The member of the Orange County Fire Authority has placed hundreds of crosses and thousands of United States flags in front of his home every year since the 9-11 terror attacks.
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** Pictures from the U.S.S. Midway Museum: **
– In San Diego, California, a ceremony was held at the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum which the event included guest speakers from the San Diego Police Department and Fire-Rescue Department.
A pair of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Helicopters made a fly- by and the United States Border Patrol fired a 21-gun salute.
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– In Downtown Sacramento, California, hundreds of people lined the streets on to honor 3 men — Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone — during the Sacramento Hometown Heroes Parade and festivities that ends at the State Capitol of California.
The 3 men hailed as heroes for helping stop a terrorist plot aboard a Paris-bound train on Friday, August 21st, 2015 saving lives.
The 3 men would like be thanked by meeting French President Francois Hollande and received the France’s Legion of Honor for them stopping the terrorist plot.
The parade for Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone had many people cheering and thanking the 3 man as the parade began at Third Street and finishes with a celebration on the west steps of the State Capitol of California.
The City of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Office, the California Governor’s Office, California Legislature, United States Air Force, and the National Guard worked together on the parade.
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– In Needles, California, the United States flags flow at half staff all around the community, including in front of the City of Needles Administration Offices in Downtown Needles, California.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez took took pictures of all the places where United States flags were lowered to flags flow and stopped on into the San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 31, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station, the California Highway Patrol Needles Station, and the Colorado River Medical Center to thank them all for their services and for saving lives.
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** San Bernardino County Courthouse Building: **
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** Social Security Administration in Needles: **
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Remembrance services were also held around the Colorado River Tri-State area in Arizona and Nevada.
** Pictures from Mohave County, Arizona and the Mohave County Division of Emergency Management: **
– In Lake Havasu City, Arizona, a re-dedication ceremony to remember those who perished on 9-11 and to thank all of the man and woman who serve to protect our country and freedom.
The 9/11 Memorial Committee, made up of veterans, members of fraternal organizations, as well as the Lake Havasu City Police Department and Lake Havasu City FireDepartment helped in putting on this ceremony.
** Pictures from Clark County, Nevada: **
– In Clark County, Nevada, Clark County Officials and the Clark County Fire Department held a 9-11 ceremonies at the Firefighters Memorial Park.
A bell was rung for many fallen firefighters during this emotional 9-11 ceremony.
On social media, the hashtags #NeverForget and #NeverForget911 reminding us all to never forget that tragic day 14 years ago.
May we all never forget the many people that lost their lives that day and the never forget the many people who came to help save lives that day, and to never forget the many people who are protecting our lives, our country, and our freedoms from evil everyday.