ALEXANDRIA, VA – The City of Alexandria will host its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023. The event is scheduled to take place at Market Square in front of City Hall (301 King St.).
Residents and visitors are welcome to attend. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside City Hall.
A listing on the City of Alexandria website reads: “The City of Alexandria invites the public to attend a remembrance ceremony to mark the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The ceremony will remember those killed, those who survived, and all who were affected. The event will also show gratitude and honor to those who risked or gave their lives while responding to the incident to save others.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, one of the darkest and saddest days in American history, terrorists hijacked four planes. At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Fifty-six minutes later, the South Tower collapsed. At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. Passengers onboard United Airlines Flight 93 fought back against the hijackers and the plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA, which is 20 minutes flying time from DC. (See the timeline of events HERE.)
Nearly 3,000 people died, including first responders who were called to rescue victims. That day, Americans vowed to “Never Forget.” The Alexandria ceremony, along with many others across the nation, keeps that promise. [SEE ALSO: Early Voting in Alexandria Begins This Month]