The city of Belleville will once again host a Bay of Quinte 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station #1 at the corner of Station Street and Bettes Street.
The Memorial ceremony is in remembrance of those people who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
The service will include a moment of silence followed by the tolling of the bell at 8:46 a.m. – the time the first tower at the World Trade Centre was struck.
Fire Chief Mark MacDonald says all Emergency Services, Military, and residents in the region are welcome to join the service, beginning at 8:30 Tuesday morning.
There will be an introduction of the “”Remember Everyone Deployed” program with the 4th Canadian Rifles Association and the flying of the “RED FRIDAY” flag.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) complex and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The Twin Towers ultimately collapsed because of the damage sustained from the impacts and the resulting fires. After learning about the other attacks, passengers on the fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93, fought back, and the plane crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington, DC. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations. 2,753 people were killed in New
York, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon, including 55 military personnel, and 40 people were killed on Flight 93.
The hijacked Flight 11 crashed into floors 93 to 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC) at 8:46 a.m. The hijacked Flight 175 struck floors 77 to 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC) 17 minutes later at 9:03 a.m. When the towers were struck, between 16,400 and 18,000 people were in the WTC complex. Of those, the vast majority evacuated safely. As they rushed out, first responders rushed in trying to save those still trapped or injured – 343 Firefighters, 60 Police Officers and eight Paramedics were among those killed.