For Immediate Release: September 5, 2014
On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked commercial airliners to strike targets in the United States. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the attacks and we lost a more open, trusting and fearless way of life. On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the City of Alexandria will remember those lives lost along with those who bravely served in the wake of 9-11, with four Citywide moments of silence. The moments of silence will correspond with the times of the four plane impacts:
- At 8:46 a.m., in observance of American Airline’s Flight 11 strike of the North Tower,
- at 9:03 a.m., in observance of United Airline’s Flight 175 strike of the South Tower,
- at 9:37 a.m., in observance of American Airline’s Flight 77 strike of the Pentagon; and
- at 10:03 a.m., in observance of United Airline's Flight 93 crash in Shanksville, PA.
During the moment of silences, City employees, residents, and visitors are asked to pause for one minute to reflect on all of the victims, including the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and eight paramedics who died instantly when the Twin Towers collapsed.
“As a member of the response team that operated in the Pentagon on 9-11 and for weeks after, I will certainly never forget that day and it is incumbent on all of us to remember the heroic efforts of first responders both at the Pentagon, in New York, and at Shanksville,” said Alexandria Fire Chief Robert Dubé. “The selfless members of the New York City Fire Department, New York Police Department and other first responders who died at the World Trade Center helped orchestrate the largest rescue effort in U.S. history and while they died doing their duty, there are thousands of people who owe their lives to those heroes and America must never forget them.”