On Monday, September 11, the flag will fly at half-staff outside City Hall in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. On this day 16 years ago, 2,997 lives were lost as the U.S. came under an orchestrated terrorist attack carried out on board four airplanes.
The flights were bound for California- Los Angeles and San Francisco specifically- when hijackers commandeered the planes, turning them into weapons, as they flew them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is believed the terrorists on that flight were heading toward the White House when several heroic passengers fought back, crashing the plane in Shanksville.
9/11 was not only the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, it was also the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively. More than 6,000 innocent people were injured in the attacks.
Local Boy Scouts will lead a flag ceremony and a moment of silence at the City Council meeting on September 11 at 6 p.m.