That incident was followed by three more plane crashes — a second one at the World Trade Center, one at the Pentagon and one in a field in Shanksville, Pa., which all told resulted in the nearly 3,000 deaths of passengers on the four planes, civilians on the ground and in the buildings, and emergency workers.
On Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a brief ceremony will take place at the Rome-Floyd County Law Enforcement Center to honor the memory of those who died in the attack.
The ceremony will begin at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane crashed, with the ringing of the bells of downtown Rome churches. It will be followed by a moment of silence, a prayer by David Thornton, chaplain of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, and a Last Call.
“Every year since 2001 we have done a fairly large event,” said Rome Police Chief Elaine Snow. “On the 10th anniversary we did a huge communitywide event at Ridge Ferry Park. We thought it would be honorable and practical to do something small that would remind us of the 9-11 attacks.”
Snow said it’s important to remember that attack.
“We don’t ever want to forget,” she said. “We want the people in the United States to remember we were attacked on U.S. soil. We have to be vigilant to ensure the safety of our country and our future generations.”
The event is open to the public.