City of Asheville to Hold Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony

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The City of Asheville will hold a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the City Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza.

This event is to pay solemn tribute to those who heroically sacrificed their own lives to save thousands of others, and to remember those who helped in the rescue-recovery efforts that followed at Ground Zero.

This ceremony is open to the public.

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The ceremony will include remarks by Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette, Asheville Police Chief Chris Bailey, and City Manager Debra Campbell.

Why we remember:

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown 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 the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

The twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center collapsed in the aftermath of the airplane attacks.

Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Another 6,000 others were injured. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.