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Ways to Observe the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States experienced a series of tragic terror attacks. These attacks were led by 19 militants associated with the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

Despite our shared grief in the aftermath of 9/11, hope, resilience, and unity lifted us up as a nation. Twenty years later, these lessons are more important than ever.

Ways to Observe Anniversary

Many cities, towns and communities are planning 9/11 anniversary observances. There are also various ways for you to commemorate the day.

Observe a moment of silence on Sept. 11 at any or all of the following times that mark key moments on 9/11. 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.

You can also join the City of Raleigh Parks staff at one of our several volunteer events on Saturday, Sept. 11, across the city in honor of the 9/11 Day of Service. Learn more and sign up at: Volunteer with Raleigh Parks to Honor 9/11 Day of Service 

First Responders Commemorating the Day

Many first responders will commemorate the day. The Raleigh Fire Department will hold a moment of silence in front of our fire stations. At 8:40-8:45 a.m. on Saturday, personnel will gather at stations and at 8:46 a.m. there will be a one-minute silence (that was the time Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower).

A radio transmission in remembrance of the victims who lost their lives will be broadcast on Raleigh Police Department dispatch channels at the same time (8:46 a.m.) RPD officers and staff will be staged outside each district station and the Police Memorial at 222 W. Hargett Street, facing the American flag and awaiting the radio transmission. Immediately after the transmission, the flags will be lowered to half-staff.  

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