By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Needles Eagles Aerie 2599 (Information):
Downtown Needles, California: The Needles Eagles Aerie 2599 held a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in the parking lot of the Needles Eagles Aerie 2599 on Friday, September 11th, 2020.
Members of the Needles Eagles Aerie 2599 gather wearing mask and spread out to come and remember the victims and survivors during the terrorist attacks 19 years ago back on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, and gives honor to those who answered the call to serve their country following 9-11.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez was broadcast live on Facebook the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.
K. Charles Anderson, Needles Eagles Aerie 2599 Trustee, welcomed everybody to the remembrance ceremony starting with the flag lowering the flag to half-staff and opening with a moment of silence followed by prayer.
Anderson than read the timeline of events that occurred on that tragic day 19 years ago as a bell rung at each of the times.
Every year on September 11th, the Needles Eagles Aerie 2599 puts together the 9/11 remembrance ceremony, welcoming the community to come and unite together as the nation remembers the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The terrorist attacks on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001 killed 2,977 innocent lives (count not including 19 terrorist hijackers) including 265 people on the four hijacked passenger planes, 2,606 people at the World Trade Center in New York, 125 people at the Pentagon in Washington DC, and 40 lives aboard the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 (33 passengers and 7 crew members) which never reach its hijackers’ intended target and crashed in a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania.
Of the 2,977 innocent lives killed during the terrorist attacks, 412 emergency workers who responded to the World Trade Center including 343 firefighters from the New York Fire Department.
The terrorist attacks also injured more than 6,000 people and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.
Even 19 years after the terrorist attacks, people who went to help save lives or search for survivors at the World Trade Center are suffering from illnesses, including diagnosed with cancer, from breathing the toxic blend of ash, chemicals and other toxic materials that lingered after the terrorist attacks.
On Thursday, September 10th, 2020, the New York Fire Department added the names of 27 department members who died in the past year from 9/11-related illnesses related their work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center, bringing the total number of firefighters killed from 9/11-related illnesses to 227.
In addition to firefighters who were on the scene that tragic day, other first responders have gotten sick and died from 9/11-related illnesses.
The New York Police Department has lost more than 200 former and current officers because of related diseases since 2011, and more than 500 officers have related cancers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported an increase in the number of agents who had died due to 9/11-related illnesses in 2018.
According to the World Trade Center Health Program, 3,496 deaths have been attributed to a variety of illness related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks aftermath, includes those who responded to the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
An estimated 400,000 people were exposed to toxic dust and other debris when the twin towers were reduced to rubble.
So many lives were taken away or were affected by illnesses from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, may we all remember those innocent lives and stand with the families and friends of the victims.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks also showed how people will put aside their differences to united together to help people, save lives and take on evil terrorists.
Firefighters risking their lives to rescue people at the World Trade Center, law enforcement officers evacuating people away from danger at the World Trade Center, volunteers going to New York to help people in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 deciding to mount an assault against the hijackers and wrest control of the aircraft preventing the passenger plane from reaching the hijackers’ intended target, and members of our military fighting even to this day against those evil terrorists who want to take more innocent lives and destroy our freedoms; good people rising up and working together against evil people.
We will all remember and give thanks to all of the great people, including firefighters, medical personnals, law enforcement personals, emergency volunteers and volunteer citizens and members of our military, who stood united together during the 9/11 terrorist attacks to help, save and protect lives, and go after evil terrorists.
I hope that we can continue that good in people when evil tries to hurt or destroy our lives and freedoms; may we never lost what makes us good, strong and united.
Thanks to everybody at the Needles Eagles Aerie 2599 for having the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony so we can never forget the innocent lives we lost and the good people who rose up against evil on 9/11.