The Town of Monteagle will be remembering the catastrophic events that shook the nation on Sept. 11, 2001 this weekend on the 20th anniversary of the event. On that day, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, two planes flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and a fourth plane, likely bound for the White House, crashed at a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers band together to thwart the hijackers.
Almost 3,000 people were killed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The attacks triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 others were treated for injuries, many severe. One hundred twenty-five military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon, along with all 64 people aboard the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania.
Three hundred forty-three firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers lost their lives as they attempted to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors.
The day will begin with the sounding of sirens at 7:46 and 8:03 a.m. in remembrance of the two times that planes struck the World Trade Center Towers One and Two, respectively. Sirens will continue throughout the morning at times which coincide with the attacks.
After that, Monteagle will hold an assembly at the 911 Dispatch Building, located at 215 College St., at 8:30 a.m., where a reading of the events of that day will take place beginning at 8:32 a.m.
Another siren will blare at 8:37 a.m., followed by the raising and lowering to half-mast of the American flag at 8:40 a.m. Taps will be played at 8:41 a.m., followed by a moment of silence at 8:43 a.m. and a prayer immediately following at 8:44.
Closing ceremonies will begin at 8:47 a.m. before the main commemorative sirens at 8:59, 9:03 and 9:28 a.m.