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Remembering 9/11 events 20 years later

An overhead view of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the former World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers that were destroyed by the al-Qaeda attacks 20 years ago today. (Photo courtesy 9/11 Memorial and Museum via Facebook)

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and central Pennsylvania.

The annual commemoration ceremony at the New York memorial will be much the same as in prior years. Family members of 9/11 victims will gather on the Memorial Plaza this morning to read aloud the names of those killed in the attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Throughout the ceremony, six moments of silence will be observed, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell, as well as the times of the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 into an open field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

In addition to the wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon, there are multiple 20th anniversary commemorations in the Washington, D.C. area.

This whole week, the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, has hosted a speaker series featuring aviation officials, memorial planners, local first responders, and crash scene investigators, as an addition to the annual recognition ceremony.

If you aren't in any of the three main memorial areas, you can catch some of the ceremonies on television. There also are several specials and documentaries airing now.

This weekend's Saturday Shout Out goes to those and a couple of other 9-11 items:

If you want to take some action, check out my 9-11 post from last year, 10 ways to honor those who died on Sept. 11 and help others in their memories.

Regardless of how you honor those who died 20 years ago today, I hope you find some measure of peace.






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