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Atwater to mark 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks 


The City of Atwater will hold a remembrance of the 9/11 terrorists attacks — “We Will Never Forget” — on Sept. 11, starting at 8:30 a.m., at the Atwater Community Center, at 760 E. Bellevue Road.

During the September 11 attacks in 2001, 2,977 people were killed, and more than 6,000 others were injured. The attacks remain the deadliest terrorist act in world history. Most of those who perished were civilians except for 344firefighters; 71 law enforcement officers who died in the World Trade Center and on the ground in New York City; another law enforcement officer who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and 55 military personnel who died at the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia.


For those who wish to observe moments of silence, here are the times to remember:

  • At 8:46 a.m., five hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center’s North Tower.
  • At 9:03 a.m., five other hijackers flew United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower.
  • At 9:37 a.m., another five hijackers flew American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon.
  • At 10:03 a.m., four hijackers crashed United Airlines Flight 93 into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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