By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
United States: People across the nation gathered together on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 to remember 20 years ago the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
On Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, terrorists from the terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked several planes and crashed two hijacked planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, New York and crashed another hijacked plane the Pentagon in Washington, District of Columbia.
Approximately 2,974 people were killed in total during the terrorist attacks; including 2,750 civilians and approximately 400 police officers and firefighters were killed when the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center collapsed; and approximately 184 people killed at the Pentagon in Washington, District of Columbia, including approximately 55 military personnel.
Terrorists also hijacked another plane, United Airlines Flight 93, to use on another attack, but their evil plans were prevented as brave men and women passengers and crew members fought the terrorist hijackers and prevented another terrorist attack.
United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania killing all 40 people were killed aboard, passengers and crew members, on board the passenger plane.
Through Saturday, memorial services, tributes, ceremonies and community events were held across the nation marking the 20th remembrance of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, including at the 9/11 Memorial, the Pentagon where United States President and First Lady attended, and at the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Memorial services, tributes, ceremonies and community events were also held across San Bernardino County, California on Saturday for 9/11.
In Downtown Needles, California, the Needles Eagles Aerie 2599 held a Patriot Day 2021 Remembrance Ceremony for 9/11 which included a flag ceremony, bell ringing during each reading of the timeline of events and prayer.
In Barstow, California; Barstow Community College placed US flags set up as part of their “9/11 Field of Honor” hosted by the Veterans Services and the Student Veterans Organization, and included this year the honoring of the fallen service members from the terrorist attack in Afghanistan on August 26th, 2021.
In Victorville, California, Victor Valley College held a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony which included the Victorville Fire Department flying the U.S. flag.
In San Bernardino, California, the Rotary Club of San Bernardino held a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at City Hall which included Rotary San Bernardino President Dr. Bill Orr, Rotary San Bernardino Sunset President Robert Vincent, and San Bernardino Police Captain Brian Pellis.
In Fontana, California, the San Bernardino County Fire Department held a flag lowering ceremony for 9/11 at Fire Station 71.
In Mentone, California, a 9/11 Reflection Ceremony at Fire Station 9 where the U.S. flag was lowered to half-staff, a bell tolled, and sirens sounded as a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
In Rancho Cucamonga, California, there was a 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held outdoors at Central Park’s Freedom Courtyard where firefighters from the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District and officers from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department attended the ceremony.
May we never forget all of the victims we lost on 9/11, may we always give thanks everyday to all of our emergency responders and volunteers who rushed towards danger to help save lives, and may we always give thanks everyday to everybody in our military for fighting against evil terrorists and protecting our country freedoms that evil terrorists want to destroy and divide us; may we never be divided and always remember to stand strong and united together.