September 11, 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that shocked the nation and the world. The United States was devastated by terror attacks in New York City, Arlington, VA, and Shanksville, PA.
Two hijacked planes crashed into New York City's World Trade Center towers, and both buildings came tumbling down. The crash left the city covered in billowing smoke, and millions of tons of rubble at "Ground Zero" where the World Trade Center once stood.
Today, the victims are being remembered not only throughout northeast Ohio, but the country as well.
Rocky River Fire Dept. 9/11 Service
For the fourth consecutive year the Rocky River Fire Dept. will be lighting 343 luminaries in honor of their FDNY brothers and all the victims of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.
The luminaries will be placed between 6:00 and 6:30 PM and lit at dusk/sunset.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to hold annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony
Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Cleveland Police Department (CPD) Airport unit, Cleveland Public Safety, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport officials will hold its annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony on Thursday, September 11 on the public side of Security Checkpoint B beginning at 8: 30 a.m.
TSA's Color Guard will "present arms" for one minute of silence at 8:46 a.m. – the exact time the first plane struck the Twin Towers after which TSA's choir will sing the National Anthem.
The event is open to the public.
Passengers should be aware that Checkpoint B will temporarily be closed during the ceremony and Checkpoint A will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Tallmadge Fire Dept. 9/11 Memorial
The Tallmadge Fire Dept. and the citizens of Tallmadge will be placing 3,000 candles on the sidewalks of the historic Tallmadge Circle at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, September 11, 2014. Each candle representing a victim of the terrible attacks upon our country on September 11, 2001. There are 343 red candles for the firefighters, 60 blue candles for the police officers and 55 green candles for the active duty military personnel at the Pentagon. These candles will remain lit until the morning of September 12th, 2014.
Also, on the evening of Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 18:00 on the lawn of Tallmadge Fire Station No.1 the Tallmadge Fire Dept. will be unveiling it's 911 memorial. The memorial was designed by students of the Tallmadge High School.
Honoring the Victims of 9/11: Safety Forces Blood Drive
Members of the Parma Fire and Police Departments Honor Guard will be presenting colors in honor of the victims that lost their lives on 9/11/2001. A short presentation will start at Memorial Hall on Ridge Rd. next to Parma City Hall at 8:30 am. On duty members will be in attendance as well as family members and the general public. Mayor Timothy DeGeeter will give a short speech in remembrance of the lives that were lost on that day thirteen years ago.
After the presentation a Safety Forces Blood drive will be hosted at the Senior Center.
Beachwood 9/11 Memorial
In 2003 the city of Beachwood acquired a 430-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center that was destroyed by the terrorist attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001.
This solemn memorial offers up a tangible point of focus for respectfully remembering the attack on America and the many innocent people who died that day.
The 9/11 memorial in Beachwood also contains relevant postcards, articles and photos. It is located in the lobby of Beachwood Fire Station #1 on Richmond Road. The lobby is open to the public today from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
North Olmsted Memorial Service
Safety Forces in North Olmsted will be having a 9/11 Memorial Service on September 11 at 9:45am at fire station #1.
The ceremony will honor firefighters, police officers, emergency medical responders and members of the public who died as a result of the attacks. The ceremony also will honor members of the military who have lost their lives in the wars since.
North Ridgeville commemorates the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks
To commemorate the 13th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, North Ridgeville will hold a memorial service to reflect on the nearly 3,000 lives lost in New York and Pennsylvania.
On Sept. 11, city officials, safety forces and community members will gather at the South Central Park gazebo — located off of Bainbridge Road — at 8:20 a.m. to partake in a memorial service dedicated to all whose lives were lost 13 years ago.
A pair of self-contained breathing apparatus cylinders found in the rubble of the world trade center, which were donated to the fire department's museum, will also be on display in the community cabin.
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